If your life sometimes seems as if you are living in a goldfish bowl, Woods Pond is for you. It is one of the few places in western Massachusetts where you can paddle across what seems like a life-size aquarium filled with scores of bright orange goldfish and yard-long carp. Seeing goldfish swimming beneath your canoe does take a little getting used to, and adds an interesting element to a pond known for its diverse wildlife. Woods Pond is a shallow instream impoundment of the Housatonic River.
The Woods Pond Dam, near the Lenox train station, creates a sprawling pond that spreads across the broad upstream floodplain. The pond contains numerous low islands and wide marshy coves that provide habitat for an amazing array of wildlife, including geese, ducks, muskrats, and much, much more. Woods Pond fills the east portion of this section of the Housatonic River valley at an elevation of about 950 feet. A low-relief floodplain extends south, west, and north of the pond. The east shore rests at the foot of October Mountain, an immense forested plateau whose slopes quickly rise over 800 feet above the pond.
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