Bog Pond

Savoy, Massachusetts

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Savoy Mountain State Forest encompasses more than 10,000 acres on the northwesterly edge of the Berkshire Plateau. Within its substantial forests are scenic ponds, a spacious campground, low rolling hills, and abundant wildlife, especially bears. When people visit they gravitate toward the campground and the two nearby ponds, North Pond and South Pond. Both are beautiful and fun to explore, yet neither is the most fascinating pond in Savoy Mountain State Forest. That honor belongs to Bog Pond, a unique montage of floating peat-moss islands on a canvas of dark tannic water channels. The pond is at an elevation of 1,860 feet and is nearly surrounded by rounded hills that range from about 1,900 feet to 2,200 feet. The only low area is to the northwest, where a shallow valley leads to South and North Ponds a short distance away. The hills of lush forest boast black bear, moose, bobcat, fox, coyote, and much more. There is even a chance you’ll see a llama peering at you through the underbrush. Yes, a llama.
Water Trails of Western Massachusetts

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Water Trails of Western Massachusetts

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

Savoy Mountain State Forest encompasses more than 10,000 acres on the northwesterly edge of the Berkshire Plateau. Within its substantial forests are scenic ponds, a spacious campground, low rolling hills, and abundant wildlife, especially bears. When people visit they gravitate toward the campground and the two nearby ponds, North Pond and South Pond. Both are beautiful and fun to explore, yet neither is the most fascinating pond in Savoy Mountain State Forest. That honor belongs to Bog Pond, a unique montage of floating peat-moss islands on a canvas of dark tannic water channels.

The pond is at an elevation of 1,860 feet and is nearly surrounded by rounded hills that range from about 1,900 feet to 2,200 feet. The only low area is to the northwest, where a shallow valley leads to South and North Ponds a short distance away. The hills of lush forest boast black bear, moose, bobcat, fox, coyote, and much more. There is even a chance you’ll see a llama peering at you through the underbrush. Yes, a llama.

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

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Savoy
Distance: 1
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day use, camping available
Class: Class I
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Savoy Mountain State Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Bog Pond

Recent Trail Reviews

7/18/2009
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Bog Pond is somewhat off the beaten path and located within the Savoy Mountain State Forest. It has good roadside parking and launching area. The hand built dam that impounds Bog brook was built in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Beavers have recently added to its height which has raised the impounded waters. The pond is surrounded by hemlock and spruce trees and mountain laurel and blueberry shrubs. The pond contains several bog islands and in addition to the usual pond flora is inhabited by both pitcher plants and bladderworts both carnivorous plants which happened to be flowering at the time of visit. It also is reported to have sundew plants another carnivore. Beaver activity is very evident and there are several active lodges on the pond. Nesting Canadian geese, a great blue heron, kingfishers, and pine sparrows were observed.



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