Three Mile Pond

Sheffield, Massachusetts

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A great place for exploring, with sights that include bog islands and bizarre plants. Three Mile Pond was once a foggy wetlands fed by the slow-flowing waters of Ironwork Brook. In the 1960s a large earth-and-stone flood-control dam was built at the bog’s south extremity, impounding the brook. As the water level rose it drowned the bog and created the pond. While fragile by nature, bogs can at times be remarkably resilient—as this one proved to be. Rather than remain submerged, large sections of bog appeared on the surface of the water as massive mats of sphagnum moss. Over the past decades the islands of Three Mile Pond have continued to evolve into a distinctive habitat found in few other places and home to a wide array of plants dependent on the acidic environment bogs provide.
Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts

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Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts

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

A great place for exploring, with sights that include bog islands and bizarre plants. Three Mile Pond was once a foggy wetlands fed by the slow-flowing waters of Ironwork Brook. In the 1960s a large earth-and-stone flood-control dam was built at the bog’s south extremity, impounding the brook. As the water level rose it drowned the bog and created the pond. While fragile by nature, bogs can at times be remarkably resilient—as this one proved to be.

Rather than remain submerged, large sections of bog appeared on the surface of the water as massive mats of sphagnum moss. Over the past decades the islands of Three Mile Pond have continued to evolve into a distinctive habitat found in few other places and home to a wide array of plants dependent on the acidic environment bogs provide.

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

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Sheffield
Distance: 1.7
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Three Mile Pond Wildlife Management Area
Local Maps: USGS Ashley Falls
Driving Directions: Directions to Three Mile Pond

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