Three Mile Pond

Sheffield, Massachusetts

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Three Mile Pond is one of the best-kept secrets in western Massachusetts. It was created in the 1960s when a dam was built impounding Ironwork Brook. The resulting lake is broad and shallow. Rocks and waterlogged stumps line the shore with long stretches of silty wetlands. A cluster of homes occupies one small corner of the pond, but the majority of Three Mile Pond lies within the state-owned Three Mile Pond Wildlife Management Area and is completely undeveloped. A few low islands are scattered across the pond; the smallest serves as a nesting area for geese, and the largest is a bog mat with impressive colonies of pitcher plants, mountain cranberry, and other bog plants. All this sets the stage for the pond’s most impressive feature, its wildlife. The lake is a breeding area for many waterfowl, especially Canada geese that act as if they own the grassy area near the dam. Nesting boxes attract scores of tree swallows, which hover around the dam and launch area in feathered swarms. Beaver and muskrat are very common, and bald eagles often visit. Even albino white-tailed deer have been seen nearby. If it lives in the Berkshires, it has probably been seen at Three Mile Pond.
Water Trails of Western Massachusetts

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Water Trails of Western Massachusetts

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

Three Mile Pond is one of the best-kept secrets in western Massachusetts. It was created in the 1960s when a dam was built impounding Ironwork Brook. The resulting lake is broad and shallow. Rocks and waterlogged stumps line the shore with long stretches of silty wetlands. A cluster of homes occupies one small corner of the pond, but the majority of Three Mile Pond lies within the state-owned Three Mile Pond Wildlife Management Area and is completely undeveloped. A few low islands are scattered across the pond; the smallest serves as a nesting area for geese, and the largest is a bog mat with impressive colonies of pitcher plants, mountain cranberry, and other bog plants.

All this sets the stage for the pond’s most impressive feature, its wildlife. The lake is a breeding area for many waterfowl, especially Canada geese that act as if they own the grassy area near the dam. Nesting boxes attract scores of tree swallows, which hover around the dam and launch area in feathered swarms. Beaver and muskrat are very common, and bald eagles often visit. Even albino white-tailed deer have been seen nearby. If it lives in the Berkshires, it has probably been seen at Three Mile Pond.

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

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Sheffield
Distance: 1.7
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day use, camping available
Class: Class I
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Three Mile Pond Wildlife Management Area
Driving Directions: Directions to Three Mile Pond

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