Quattro, a Catspaw Dinghy, at Rest on the Pond

Photo & Dinghy by Stevan Patterson

First trout ever, at

​age six!

​Many more to follow...

          Richmond Pond hosted the paddle leg of Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon

                                                   on Sunday, September 16th 

Because of the closure of Stockbridge Bowl to swimming & other activities related to the algae bloom there, the planning committee for the Josh RunAground requested and received approval from the chair of the Richmond Board of Selectmen, in response to a recommendation from the Richmond Pond Harbormaster (the Richmond Town Administrator), to relocate the canoe/kayak/SUP component of the Sunday, September 16th Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon to Richmond Pond. The Richmond Pond Association executive board was consulted & enthusiastically endorsed this action.

The decision to use Richmond Pond was publicly released (see article in 9/10/18 Berkshire Eagle, front page of Sports section). Details of the re-routing of the 3-part race were finalized by the race committee in close coordination with Town of Richmond officials, volunteers from the Richmond Pond Association and many others.

The race director has asked me to share her own and the race committee's thanks to the Richmond Pond community for allowing the Josh to use their roads, public boat ramp, Town Beach and Camp Russell for the 42nd Josh Billings Triathlon. Cooperation from Richmond Town officials, volunteers from the Richmond Pond Association & others was extremely helpful in "saving" the paddle portion of the race when Stockbridge Bowl became unavailable. This was an exciting event, introducing many from the Berkshires to Richmond Pond while many of those around the pond had a ring-side seat!

Ken Kelly, President 
Richmond Pond Association 
Email: kkelly@utica.edu

Race details:

Bike Leg

Bikes started in Great Barrington at the Price Chopper parking lot as usual. The bikers rode up to West Stockbridge on the usual route, however once they arrive in West Stockbridge they turned left and went up 41. They proceeded up 41 to a right turn onto Summit Road. Summit Road was closed to traffic. At the end of Summit, the bikers turned left onto Swamp Road and then left onto Boys Club Road. The bikers proceeded down the road and turned left onto a gravel road (Beech Road/Town Beach Road) which took them all the way to the Richmond Boat Ramp where the transition area was for all paddlers and the iron/tin racers. The bike leg is 23.8 miles.

Paddle Leg

The paddlers took the hand-off at the Boat Ramp and then ran/jogged/walked 1/3 mile to the Richmond Town Beach where the paddling leg began. Iron/tin racers had their transition at the Boat Ramp and then headed to the Town Beach to begin paddling. The paddle was 2½ times around the lake counter-clockwise, ending at Camp Russell. The runners waited for the paddlers at the camp and the iron/tin transition area was also at the camp. The paddle is ~5 miles.

Run Leg

The runners took the hand-off at the Camp Russell beach and ran up to Swamp Road.  They turned right on Swamp Road, took a left down East Road, came down to a left on Lenox Road and then proceeded up and over the mountain to the finish at Tanglewood. Lenox Mountain Road was closed to traffic. The run course is 6.5 miles.

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If you wish, you may earmark your donation specifically for the dam maintenance fund.  While the dam that preserves​ Richmond Pond is located on the property of the Lakeside Christian Camp & Conference Center, all lake users benefit from its existence and maintenance.  The RPA has therefore created a special fund that augments what Lakeside expends to maintain the effectiveness and safety of the dam.

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Our Mission - To preserve, protect, maintain and enhance the rural, environmental, recreational, esthetic and economic values of Richmond Pond.

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Josh paddlers await their team's bikers at Town Beach

All-Pond Goose Management Plan

was approved at Special RPA meeting on February 26.

See Minutes page for details. More details in March issue of Richmond Record. Help us implement the plan.

  • Annual lake draw down began November 1st and continued gradually until lake level was down 2 feet. Use of boat launch for extracting boats becomes impossible once lake level drops. Spring refill targets normal level by April 1st.
  • All kayakers, canoeists & SUP paddlers MUST WEAR PFD (life preserver) from 9/15 to 5/15.
  • Richmond Town Beach is closed for the season, but is accessible to walkers & joggers by walking from boat launch area. Dogs are not permitted in the beach area, & only on leash in boat ramp area. No Smoking regulations apply in both locations.
  • See RPA Annual Report 2018
  • Contributions to the Richmond Pond Association are encouraged, are tax-deductible & are much appreciated.  See details to left.

Josh Race Director Patty Spector & Charlie Zuber lap Richmond Pond for their race team, named Thank You Richmond!  Richmond Pond hosted 2018 Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon

Richmond Fire Department volunteer Mike Storie with their new rescue boat that assisted at the Josh

Our Objectives

  1. Promote public education about the mission of the association and the importance of preserving and protecting Richmond Pond, its watershed and the other wetland values associated with the pond.
  2. Work with the town, regional, state and federal governmental bodies and environmental and planning agencies and organizations to facilitate financial support for pond preservation and protection, including repairs to the dam and other infrastructure, and to improve environmental regulations pertaining to lake and watershed management.
  3. Serve as an active member of the Lakes and Ponds Association of Western Massachusetts and its affiliates and other appropriate agencies and organizations.
  4. Establish an information base relative to the management of Richmond Pond.
  5. Create a plan that will guide the Association’s efforts in meeting these objectives.

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