Public Boat Ramp & Public Access

Visiting MANCHAUG POND and Beyond!

              Fishing, boating, swimming, and camping are just a few of the activities seen here daily.   Motor boats, sail boats, kayaks, canoes, pedal boats, paddle boats and seaplanes can all be seen on the lake throughout spring, summer, and fall.    During the winter you’ll find folks ice fishing, skating, snowmobiling, snow shoeing, biking, and cross-country skiing.  If you’re an early riser, join the fishing boats on the lake each weekend. Tournaments  happen often, and there are some good catches to be found in the lake.

Launch Your Boat:

Boating Pass Manchaug Pond

Visit the Treasurer/Collector window at Sutton Town Hall to purchase a Season Pass for Manchaug Pond Boat Ramp! The cost is $20. Pay at the ramp for Day Passes…$6/day for Massachusetts residents and $12/day for out of state residents. Your monies are used exclusively by the town for maintenance and improvement of the ramp facility.

The public access boat ramp, open from dawn to dusk, is offered at Manchaug Pond by the Massachusetts Office of Fishing and Boating and under the management of the Town of Sutton. Weekends can be extremely busy with parking limited. Groups need to register all events with the state Office of Fishing and Boating Access. Please be sure to be respectful of the rules at the ramp, pay the small fee, and park only on paved, designated parking spots as vehicles parked in inappropriate areas will be ticketed.  At home prior to launching, we also ask that you hose off your boat and trailer  to prevent the spread of invasive species to Manchaug Pond.

Boaters should note that Manchaug Pond is a shallow pond with a mean depth of 13 ft. A number of hazards including boulders, a stone causeway in the channel, and a sandbar – all of which may or may not be submerged depending on the water level – warrant caution to boaters. Visit our About the Lake and Safe Boating pages for more information before navigating.

Also consider other area lakes: Lake Singletary which offers FREE boat launching at the state DCR ramp and is stocked by the state with trout; Wallum Lake offers two ramps at the 320+ acre lake with one in Mass and one in RI; and the 1200 acre+ Webster Lake which is stocked spring and fall, has award winning size fish, and is an adventure all it’s own!


Manchaug Pond Foundation


Public access through the Mass Fishing and Boating Access public ramp in Sutton.