About State line pond
State Line Pond is an approximately 75 acre lake in Stafford Springs, Connecticut on the Massachusetts border at Monson, MA. The lake was formed when a stream running through a meadow was intentionally flooded approximately 150 years ago. For many years, the Stafford Ice House "harvested" ice by horse from the lake during the winter and delivered it to restaurants, homes and businesses as far away as Boston. It is a beautiful and serene spot surrounded by the Norcross Wildlife Preserve.
More recently, the lake has become shallower and has seen an increase in milfoil, pond lilies and other vegetation. Approximately 50 households on and near the lake are eligible for membership in the Whispering Pines Lake Association, a voluntary association of individuals who love the lake and want to preserve its beauty and recreational opportunities for generations to come. Please join us in our efforts to maintain and improve the lake for all to enjoy.
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
The latest from and about State Line Pond
Update on FishingMay 2021
We are happy to report that since the 2020 treatments of the lake for invasive weeds, the fish population is rebounding and we are once again open for fishing, with certain important restrictions to allow the fish to continue to recover. Everything except pickerel will be strictly catch and release.... especially bass; NO bass are to be removed from the lake. The pickerel population are currently competing with the larger fish for the pond's oxygen, so we need to reduce the pickerel population.
Please check back here for the latest information on this and other issues related to the pond.
BACKGROUND: In November 2019, we reported that the pond had developed a serious problem regarding fish that had to be addressed immediately. The population of fish was seriously diminished due to the extreme amount of invasive aquatic plant growth which was depriving the fish of the oxygen in the water that they need to survive. An extreme increase in the amount of leeches had also been noticed, which was determined to be a direct link to the severe loss in the fish population. A strong fish population is absolutely essential to the ponds ecosystem and existence. As a result, a complete ban on fishing was introduced until some of the pond's weed issues could be addressed.
In 2020, the Pond & Lake Connection airboat applied treatments of the aquatic herbicide 'Propeller' to State Line Pond, with incredible results- see the results before and after the treatment, and view a video of the airboat in action!
Photos of the north-east corner of the lake, taken before and after the July 6 treatment
The photos below were taken in June 2020, shortly after the first treatment of the lake. Additional treatments, made possible by our many generous donors, continued the improvement to the quality of the lake. However, in order to prevent a rebound of the invasive weeds, we need to continue to raise money for further treatments. Please consider making a donation to help us with these important efforts!
Thanks to the many generous donors who made it possible for us to take steps to save our lake!
On March 4th, North Central News published an article by Laura Hayden about our efforts to save the Pond.
If you are interested in reading about or donating to the fundraising campaign to save State Line Pond, click here
Origin of the lake and historical articles
State Line Pond was formed when a stream running through a meadow was intentionally flooded approximately 150 years ago. For many years, the Stafford Ice House "harvested" ice by horse from the lake during the winter and delivered it to restaurants, homes and businesses as far away as Boston. In the 1950's and later, there were swimming areas and sandy beaches. If you have old stories about, or photos of, State Line Pond that we may publish, please share them with us so that we can expand this portion of our site! Information and photographs may be sent to email@example.com.
Historical Articles from Local Newspapers
Thanks to Gino LoRicco and the Stafford Historical Society for locating the articles and images posted below.
Around a hundred years ago, the State Line Pond area was known as Evergreen Park. The sign below was posted near the entrance and is now on display at the Stafford Historical Society.
This is the first known reference to the ice harvest at "the state line pond", from 1910.
The following articles, from 1918 to 1955, illustrate the popularity of State Line Pond as a recreational spot.
In the 1950s, building lots were available for sale around what was referred to as "Whispering Pines Lake."
The Whispering Pines Lake Association (below) still meets regularly, and is currently mostly searching for solutions to the worsening infestation of milfoil and other plants that are slowly turning the lake into a swamp.
State Line Pond is appropriate for small boats. Safety vests must be worn. The lake is very shallow in many places and, because of vegetation, boats with outboard motors may encounter difficulties.
A public put-in area is located on Route 32 (Monson Road) and is visible from the road. No large-scale or organized events or commercial activities are permitted without advance written approval from the Whispering Pines Lake Association.
The Association also reserves the right to restrict public and other uses of the lake. Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
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