New Bedford Reservoir

Known simply as “Lake Street” by locals, the New Bedford Reservoir in Acushnet is a haven for paddling, fishing, and wildlife watching. With access to a network of four freshwater ponds that form the peaceful headwaters of the Acushnet River, this town-owned property offers an escape from the city where you can explore, relax, and enjoy nature.

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boat launch to New Bedford Reservoir at Lake Street

The New Bedford Reservoir in Acushnet has several spots along the shores of four ponds where you can launch a kayak, canoe, or small boat onto the water to fish and explore.

Locals have lots of names for this popular public access spot: Lake Street, the Old Reservoir, the Old Water Works Pond, the Keene River. Whatever you call it, the New Bedford Reservoir in Acushnet is a destination for locals seeking some fresh air.

The parking area on Lake Street is located at the scenic nexus of four ponds, allowing anglers and paddlers easy access to these flat, quiet waters. Cast a line from the shore, or launch a small boat, kayak, or canoe from one of several access spots. Paddling is best in spring, before lily pads and aquatic plants fill the water’s surface. Note that due to town health regulations, wading or swimming is not permitted in these waters.

Habitats & Wildlife

The system of freshwater ponds at the New Bedford Reservoir host a thriving ecosystem, both above and below the water. Woods surround the shoreline, providing a home for animals like deer and foxes. Within the ponds’ many marshy coves, look for geese, swans, and wood ducks on the water’s surface. Wading birds like herons and egrets also stalk the shores in search of their next meal.

Lots of people come to the New Bedford Reservoir to fish for freshwater species like sunfish, perch, pickerel, and largemouth bass. The ponds also welcome migratory species like river herring. Each spring, thousands of fish swim up the Acushnet River from Buzzards Bay to spawn in these waters.

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Details
Size: 4 acres
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area; several small pulloffs along Lake Street
Cost: Free
Dogs: Yes
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch
Boat Ramp: Shoreline (gravel)
Lifeguards: No
ADA Accessible: No

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Address & Contact Information
104 Lake St.
Acushnet, MA 02743
41.738921, -70.905267

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

New Bedford Reservoir
Acushnet, MA
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