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.