One of the finer points about living in Massachusetts is the 3,000 or so lakes and ponds throughout the state. These natural spaces offer much in the way of recreational activities and natural habitats for the vast variety of wildlife that call Massachusetts home. Even though it is the seventh smallest state in the United States, it is well known for its mountains, hills, and coastal plains. It is referred to as "The Bay State" for its many bays. Furthermore, many of these bodies of water run into the Connecticut River, Charles River, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Some of the top ponds and lakes are Lake Cochituate, which is a part of Cochituate State Park. This particular lake consists of three separate ponds and is most popular during the summer months. Visitors enjoy kayaking, boating, fishing, swimming, and walking the trails that meander through the park. Onota Lake is another enchanting lake that has been a favorite summer getaway destination for decades. During the 19th and 20th centuries, many mansions were built along its shores. Spy Pond is yet another excellent place for those who like to relax, unwind and take in all that Mother Nature has to offer. It offers kayaking, canoeing, fishing, as well as places to have a picnic.
Many of the state parks and forests in Massachusetts feature some of the most pristine ponds in the nation. Crow Hill Pond and Paradise Pond are in Leominster State Forest. They boast crystal-clear waters perfect for a day of swimming, fishing, and canoeing. Lifeguards are present during the summer months in order to maintain the safety of visitors. Additionally, during the winter season, Leominster State Forest offers cross-country skiing and snowmobile tours. Among the numerous ponds in the state, there is Ruggles Pond located in Wendell State Forest. Its 10-acres feature clear, cool waters that are great for fishing and daytime swimming.