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RICHMOND POND ASSOCIATION

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission statement of the Richmond Pond Association is to preserve, protect, maintain and enhance the rural, environmental, recreational, esthetic and economic values of Richmond Pond.

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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About Richmond Pond

This 218 acre raised great pond has a maximum depth of 53 feet and an average depth of 18 feet. Transparency is very good, extending to 13 feet.  The bottom is composed of silt and clay and supports abundant aquatic vegetation, which extends outward from most of the shoreline areas to depths of 6 or 8 feet.

Richmond Pond fills a depression scraped from the limestone-and-marble bedrock by advancing glaciers thousands of years ago.  It lies at about 1,100 feet elevation in a narrow valley just east of the Taconic Mountains that rise to about 1,700 feet near the pond.  To the west, the elevated ridge of Lenox Mountain climbs to an elevation of about 2,000 feet.  The western half of the lake is shallow, with an average depth of less than ten feet.

Much of the southern and western shoreline is heavily developed, with approximately 100 seasonal cottages and year round dwellings.  There are three camps on the lake - Camp Russell (Boys & Girls Club), Lakeside Christian Camp & Conference Center, and Camp Marion White (Girl Scouts). The northwest shore harbors the public access concrete boat launch, which is suitable for car top and shallow draft trailer boats; the parking lot can hold up to 30 vehicles.  Please visit the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers link for information on how to prevent invasive species from invading the pond.  The closest boat wash station to the Richmond Pond boat launch is V's Car Wash at 730 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield; directions to this facility are posted on the boat launch kiosk or are available from boat ramp monitors.

At the far end of the northwest shore is the Richmond town beach, with a large tract of undeveloped wetland and forest in between.  The town beach is gated and is operated in summer for residents only; resident car beach stickers are available at Richmond Town Hall.

Railroad tracks run the length of the northwest shore a few yards from the lake.  To the southwest of the lake is an extensive wetland, Nordeen Marsh, covering about 250 acres.  It can be reached from the pond by canoe or kayak with an easy portage over the road.  A fish survey conducted in June 2012 found 10 species present: yellow perch, chain pickerel, largemouth bass, rock bass, bluegill, pumpkinseed, brown bullhead, common shiner, bridle shiner, and killifish. The pond is also stocked in spring with rainbow trout, and some brook and brown trout.         (Note - Above text was adapted from mass.gov and Trails.com.)

Lake Management Plan



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- Your donations help support the inspection, maintenance and repairs to the dam, weed management expenses, and the hiring of boat ramp monitors to inspect all boats for invasive species, especially zebra mussels.  We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so donations are fully tax-deductible.

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.

Please make donation checks payable to Richmond Pond Association and mail them to Richmond Pond Association, PO Box 447, Lenox, MA 01240.  Or to use PayPal to make a contribution, click on the Donate icon below, and follow the instructions.
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