Plainfield Pond

Plainfield, Massachusetts

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When looking for new places to paddle, a pleasant surprise is always a treat, such as finding a spot like Plainfield Pond. Nestled between two wooded tracts of the Kenneth Dubuque State Forest, Plainfield Pond combines ease of access with rugged beauty as well as a feeling of privacy. Some rustic cottages are perched along the west bank, leaving the remainder of the shoreline a blend of forest, rocky spits, and small wetlands. There are even a few small islands near the north end where Canada geese noisily assert dominion amidst the blueberry bushes. Plainfield Pond is at an elevation of 1,700 feet. Beyond the north shore the terrain drops into a shallow wetland. To the east and west the hills rise about fifty feet above the water, while half a mile to the south is the height-of-land of West Mountain at about 2,100 feet.

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"When looking for new places to paddle, a pleasant surprise is always a treat, such as finding a spot like Plainfield Pond. Nestled between two wooded tracts of the Kenneth Dubuque State Forest, Plainfield Pond combines ease of access with rugged beauty as well as a feeling of privacy.

Some rustic cottages are perched along the west bank, leaving the remainder of the shoreline a blend of forest, rocky spits, and small wetlands. There are even a few small islands near the north end where Canada geese noisily assert dominion amidst the blueberry bushes. Plainfield Pond is at an elevation of 1,700 feet. Beyond the north shore the terrain drops into a shallow wetland. To the east and west the hills rise about fifty feet above the water, while half a mile to the south is the height-of-land of West Mountain at about 2,100 feet."

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Plainfield
Distance: 1.4
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day use
Class: Class I
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Kenneth Dubuque State Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Plainfield Pond

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7/6/2009
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Plainfield Pond is located in the Berkshire Plateau Region. There is very easy access from the roadside parking. Thick stands of shrubs line the pond; mostly highbush blueberry and mountain laurel. Granite slabs abound along the shore and create several small “islands”. Numerous freshwater mussels as well as empty shells can be found around several of these islands- the leftovers from otters and birds. The water is clear and one can see the nesting areas of bluegills in northern end of the pond which does get “marshy”. One can explore this secluded marsh for about 100 yards. Kingfishers, phoebes, flycatchers, and pine warblers, and a beaver were observed.



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