Thousand Acre Swamp

New Marlborough, Massachusetts

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The shallow waters and plentiful submerged stumps of Thousand Acre Swamp create a fisherman’s paradise with plentiful populations of warmwater fish including pickerel, yellow perch, bullhead, bluegill, and largemouth bass. It is also a paradise for paddlers, with an undeveloped forested shoreline of hardwoods and conifers, shallow coves to explore, and marshes harboring interesting plant and animal life. Thousand Acre Swamp lies in a shallow depression at about 1,400 feet elevation and is cradled by a low ring of rounded hills that rise about 100 feet above the lake. In 1962 the swamp was transformed into an impoundment with the construction of an earth and stone flood-control dam. Today Thousand Acre Swamp is a shallow lake just far enough off the beaten path to offer a very pleasant, uncrowded day of enjoyable paddling.
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Water Trails of Western Massachusetts

by Charles W. G. Smith (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

The shallow waters and plentiful submerged stumps of Thousand Acre Swamp create a fisherman’s paradise with plentiful populations of warmwater fish including pickerel, yellow perch, bullhead, bluegill, and largemouth bass. It is also a paradise for paddlers, with an undeveloped forested shoreline of hardwoods and conifers, shallow coves to explore, and marshes harboring interesting plant and animal life.

Thousand Acre Swamp lies in a shallow depression at about 1,400 feet elevation and is cradled by a low ring of rounded hills that rise about 100 feet above the lake. In 1962 the swamp was transformed into an impoundment with the construction of an earth and stone flood-control dam. Today Thousand Acre Swamp is a shallow lake just far enough off the beaten path to offer a very pleasant, uncrowded day of enjoyable paddling.

©  Charles W. G. Smith/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: New Marlborough
Distance: 1.8
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day use
Class: Class I
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Cookson State Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Thousand Acre Swamp

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