About Goose Pond Reservation
Paddle across Lower Goose Pond, a mountain lake anchored by steep ridgelines that also support a remote section of the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail.
What makes Goose Pond a special place?
Goose Pond Reservation is managed as a wilderness area, protecting more than a quarter-mile of rocky shoreline that rises nearly 300 feet to a ridge top at 1,753 feet. The mountain lake and its surrounding forest are adjacent to conservation land owned and managed by the National Park Service and crossed by the Appalachian Trail. Access is challenging along its rocky shoreline and there are no formal trails.
Boaters can launch from a ramp on Cooper Creek Road.
Access is difficult along the reservation’s rocky shoreline, and there are no trails. Strenuous hiking, if attempted.
When to Visit
Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1 hour upon arrival.
Regulations & Advisories
- Access is difficult along the reservation’s rocky shoreline, and there are no trails. Strenuous hiking, if attempted.
- Canoe and kayak landing only.
- Seasonal hunting is permitted at this property subject to all state and town laws. Wear bright colors if coming ashore during the November - December deer hunting season; avoid wearing or carrying anything that is white.
- Dogs are not allowed on the reservation.
Cooper Creek Rd.
Lee, MA 01238
Get directions on Google Maps.
From Mass Turnpike, take Exit 2 onto Route 20 East and follow for 0.8 miles. Turn right onto Forest Street and follow for 1.5 miles. Forest Street becomes Goose Pond Road. Follow Goose Pond Road 0.4 miles to Ridge Street on left. Follow Ridge Street 0.2 miles to public boat ramp at southern end of Lower Goose Pond. Park in the boat ramp parking area and put in there.
Once on the pond, travel north to the end of Lower Goose Pond. The reservation is on the left (north) bank and is the only continuous stretch of undeveloped shoreline. The reservation may only be accessed by canoe or kayak from the shoreline; note that the shoreline is very rocky, and it may be difficult to go ashore.
When to Visit
Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of one hour (upon arrival).
Free to all.
Fees and Permits
Seasonal hunting is permitted at this property subject to all state and town laws. Learn more about hunting on Trustees properties.
Property Acquisition History
Gift of Professor and Mrs. Henry W. Smith in 1986.
Conservation and Stewardship
Management Planning for Our Properties
Since 1891, The Trustees of Reservations have worked to protect special places in Massachusetts and maintain them to the highest standards. To ensure these standards are met, a program of careful planning and sound management is essential. Comprehensive property management plans are created for each reservation and are completely updated approximately every ten years. We often work with volunteers, property users, and members of the community to carry out this planning, which typically involves several steps:
- Describing in detail the site’s natural, scenic, and historical resources; identifying management issues related to the protection of those resources.
- Describing how visitors use the property; outlining the opportunities that the property provides for people to become involved in the work of conservation and caring for their community.
- Developing a detailed list of management recommendations, a work plan, and a description of financial needs for implementing the actions.
- Developing a prescribed routine management program for the reservation that will guide staff work plans, volunteer involvement, and the allocation of human and financial resources.
View Goose Pond management plan.
Maps and Resources
At present, a downloadable trail map is not available for Goose Pond Reservation.
Planning Your Visit
Before You Go
We encourage you to visit as many Trustees properties as you can.
Wherever your travels take you, please observe all posted regulations, follow special instructions from property staff, and keep in mind the Stewardship Code:
- Protect wildlife and plants.
- Guard against all risk of fire.
- Help keep air and water clean.
- Carry out what you carry in.
- Use marked footpaths and bridle paths.
- Leave livestock, crops, and machinery alone.
- Respect the privacy of neighboring land.
- Enjoy and share the landscape with others.
Click on links below for further visitor information:
Before Setting Out
Enjoying Trustees Reservations
About Hunting on Trustees of Reservations Land
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