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Watershops Pond, Springfield

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Watershops Pond (or Lake Massasoit) is a lake in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts. Located in the Upper Hill neighborhood, it is the city's second-largest body of water, after the Connecticut River. Watershops Pond features 7 miles of shorelines and 186 acres. It was a major site for fishing, featuring species ranging from Black Crappie, Bluegill, Brown Trout, Chain Pickerel, Channel Catfish, Common Carp, Largemouth Bass, Pumpkinseed, Rainbow Trout, and Yellow Bass. The city after multiple lowering of the dam draining the pins for lengthy periods had destroyed the habitat. Not only had it decimated the fish population leaving primarily pumpkinseed, calico bass, and carp. The pond was formed by damming the Mill River, which flows out of the westernmost end and continues 1.25 miles until its confluence with the Connecticut River.

In the 19th century, three separate facilities: the Upper, Middle, and Lower Watershops on Watershops Pond, were built by the Springfield Armory along a dammed stream to house heavy equipment such as trip hammers, forges, and barrel rolling machinery. Eventually, these three units were combined into one facility, known as the Water Shops, which remained in service until the Springfield Armory was controversially shut down by The Pentagon in 1968. The Watershops gave name to the lake, which had initially been called Lake Massasoit. The original Watershops building still stands on Allen Street in Springfield.
Springfield College, the institution where basketball was founded in 1891, borders Watershops Pond.
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  • During the Fall Season, The Watershops Pond is a beautiful back drop for taking pictures. The neighborhoods surrounding the Pond are also beautiful... 
    During the Fall Season, The Watershops Pond is a beautiful back drop for taking pictures. The neighborhoods surrounding the Pond are also beautiful...  more »
  • At the center of the City this beautiful lake lays. The place is gorgeous and great for walking . There is a new going to be a new park opening on South branch Parkway that's going to bring better... 
    At the center of the City this beautiful lake lays. The place is gorgeous and great for walking . There is a new going to be a new park opening on South branch Parkway that's going to bring better...  more »
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  • 5 stars now that theres otters
  • Not a bad spot to catch some good size bass and very big carp.

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