Pottapaug Pond and Quabbin Reservoir, North End Professional Review and Guide
"Nestled among the hillsides of central Massachusetts,Pottapoag Pond presents a rare opportunity to paddle in stunning, pristine surroundings. Here and on the North End, hand-paddled craft have their only access to the wild hinterlands of the Quabbin Reservoir complex, the water supply for 40 percent of Massachusetts. Shallow protected coves provide hours of paddling among carpets of ferns under towering, lichen-covered pines. Beaver have removed almost all deciduous trees along the shoreline, and we could see their new work farther up the hillsides. We prefer to paddle here midweek when fishing activity is low. Expect to spend an entire day if you intend to explore the entire shoreline and all of the coves. Expect to see: bald eagle, towering pines, gorgeous scenery."