Merrill Pond State Reservation

 

Merrill Pond State Reservation


The Merrill Pond State Reservation in Sutton MA has several short walking trails around a string of quiet ponds. They are located in the western part of Sutton -

Merrill Pond State Reservation

Note that the Google map has a typo on it - it calls this area the "Mernill Pond" (with a letter N) State Reservation. The red dots show three places a car can park (just barely) so you can get out and walk around.

Merrill Pond State Reservation

The pond system is quite lovely, and a wonderful day can be spent walking through its trails. The two largest ponds in the string are 19 acres and 15 acres in size.

Merrill Pond State Reservation

There is a sign at the northern end of the string of ponds. It gives some details about these ponds.

Merrill Pond State Reservation

The sign says:

Arthur Merrill created the country's first scientifically monitored fish hatchery in 1921. The six ponds connecting West Sutton and Eight Lots ara to Singletary lake are called the "Merrill Pond System".

Apparently this land used to be cranberry bogs before he began his work after World War I. They distributed 250,000 fish from this network to other ponds all over the state. They stopped using this area as a hatchery in the 1960s.

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