Stockbridge Bowl Lake Mahkeenac

Stockbridge, Massachusetts

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Henry David Thoreau knew the value of a pond. While he lived at Walden Pond, Thoreau found many ways of enjoying the lake’s various charms. During warm evenings, after darkness claimed the sky and fireflies sprinkled the night with greenish blinking lights, he liked to row his boat out into the pond. There he would relax in the evening breeze and play his flute. In the moonlight he would watch fish slowly swim to his boat, seemingly charmed by the music. After his concert was done Thoreau would row ashore, build a campfire at the water’s edge, and fish for perch. Later, as the fire died, he would close the day by tossing burning sticks out over the water. He likened these glowing brands to fireworks, orange embers arcing through the dark until the water snuffed their light in a blink and a hiss. This lake, some six times larger than Walden Pond, occupies an irregularly shaped basin 925 feet above sea level. Visitors can enjoy good fishing, pleasant paddling even after dark, world-class music, an island nature preserve, a triathlon competition, and fireworks that will make you feel like a kid again.
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Water Trails of Western Massachusetts

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

Henry David Thoreau knew the value of a pond. While he lived at Walden Pond, Thoreau found many ways of enjoying the lake’s various charms. During warm evenings, after darkness claimed the sky and fireflies sprinkled the night with greenish blinking lights, he liked to row his boat out into the pond. There he would relax in the evening breeze and play his flute. In the moonlight he would watch fish slowly swim to his boat, seemingly charmed by the music.

After his concert was done Thoreau would row ashore, build a campfire at the water’s edge, and fish for perch. Later, as the fire died, he would close the day by tossing burning sticks out over the water. He likened these glowing brands to fireworks, orange embers arcing through the dark until the water snuffed their light in a blink and a hiss. This lake, some six times larger than Walden Pond, occupies an irregularly shaped basin 925 feet above sea level. Visitors can enjoy good fishing, pleasant paddling even after dark, world-class music, an island nature preserve, a triathlon competition, and fireworks that will make you feel like a kid again.

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

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Stockbridge
Distance: 4.3
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day use
Class: Class I
Season: Best spring through fall
Driving Directions: Directions to Stockbridge Bowl (Lake Mahkeenac)

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