Richmond Pond

Richmond, Massachusetts

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Richmond Pond fills a depression scraped from the limestone-and-marble bedrock by advancing glaciers thousands of years ago. It lies at about 1,100 feet elevation in a narrow valley just east of the Taconic Mountains that rise to about 1,700 feet near the pond. To the west the elevated ridge of Lenox Mountain climbs to an elevation of about 2,000 feet. The western half of the lake is shallow, with an average depth of less than ten feet. At its center, about 300 yards west of Tracy Brook, it reaches its maximum depth of 53 feet. Richmond Pond is heavily developed along the southwest shore with summer camps, and cottages crowd the southern and eastern shores. The northwest shore harbors the town beach (for residents only) and the public boat launch, with a large tract of undeveloped wetland and forest in between. Railroad tracks run the length of the northwest shore a few yards from the lake. To the southwest of the lake is an extensive wetland covering about 250 acres. It can be reached from the pond and is a pleasant addition to this trip. Another wetland, also about 250 acres, is north of the pond but cannot be reached from the lake. Richmond Pond does get busy during the summer; if peace and quiet are what you seek, the best time to visit is from April to the end of June, and from the end of August to the end of October.
Water Trails of Western Massachusetts

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Water Trails of Western Massachusetts

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

Richmond Pond fills a depression scraped from the limestone-and-marble bedrock by advancing glaciers thousands of years ago. It lies at about 1,100 feet elevation in a narrow valley just east of the Taconic Mountains that rise to about 1,700 feet near the pond. To the west the elevated ridge of Lenox Mountain climbs to an elevation of about 2,000 feet. The western half of the lake is shallow, with an average depth of less than ten feet. At its center, about 300 yards west of Tracy Brook, it reaches its maximum depth of 53 feet. Richmond Pond is heavily developed along the southwest shore with summer camps, and cottages crowd the southern and eastern shores.

The northwest shore harbors the town beach (for residents only) and the public boat launch, with a large tract of undeveloped wetland and forest in between. Railroad tracks run the length of the northwest shore a few yards from the lake. To the southwest of the lake is an extensive wetland covering about 250 acres. It can be reached from the pond and is a pleasant addition to this trip. Another wetland, also about 250 acres, is north of the pond but cannot be reached from the lake. Richmond Pond does get busy during the summer; if peace and quiet are what you seek, the best time to visit is from April to the end of June, and from the end of August to the end of October.

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

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Richmond
Distance: 2.25
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day use
Class: Class I
Season: Best spring through fall
Driving Directions: Directions to Richmond Pond

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