Bog Pond

Savoy, Massachusetts

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Combine a boggy wetland with a government project to build a dam and the fortunate result is a fascinating pond to view wildlife, unusual plants, and the occasional llama. The lakes and ponds of the Berkshire Plateau differ significantly from those in other areas of the Berkshires. The knobby, poorly drained landscape is astride acidic bedrock, a combination that favors often shallow boggy ponds. Many times and over many thousands of years, some of the shallow ponds have grown in and become boggy swamps. At least once, however, a boggy swamp has become a pond.
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)

Combine a boggy wetland with a government project to build a dam and the fortunate result is a fascinating pond to view wildlife, unusual plants, and the occasional llama. The lakes and ponds of the Berkshire Plateau differ significantly from those in other areas of the Berkshires.

The knobby, poorly drained landscape is astride acidic bedrock, a combination that favors often shallow boggy ponds. Many times and over many thousands of years, some of the shallow ponds have grown in and become boggy swamps. At least once, however, a boggy swamp has become a pond.

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

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Savoy
Distance: 1
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Savoy Mountain State Forest
Local Maps: USGS North Adams
Driving Directions: Directions to Bog Pond

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