If you have ever enjoyed the beauty of Pontoosuc Lake whether on the water or the shore you know the beauty of this treasure right here in the heart of the Berkshires.

Ponotoosuc Lake is shared by Pittsfield and the town of Lanesboro. From boaters to kayakers…from fisherman to sun worshipers, and from picnickers to dog walkers this is a great location and a piece of heaven for residents and vacationers alike.

According to the lakelubbers.com website, Pontoosuc Lake has a maximum depth of 35 feet with most of the lake averaging a depth of 14 feet.  The lake spans across 480 acres according to the lakelubbers site.  There are plenty of points of access for launching the flotation device of your choice on both the Pittsfield side of the lake as well as the Lanesboro side. Fishermen enjoy their sport with an abundance of varieties of fish from large and smallmouth bass, perch, pickerel, muskies, and more.

In a post to the City Hall – City of Pittsfield Facebook page they are encouraging residents and vacationers that enjoy the beautiful park at the lake to fill out a brief survey put together by the Pontoosuc Lake Park Community Visioning Project. The survey is centered around Pontoosuc Lake Park in Pittsfield and “represents an opportunity for the public to help define the park’s future in ways in which and the ways in which it will be enjoyed for later generations” according to the City of Pittsfield Facebook post.

The survey asks questions like; how often you visit the park at the lake, what types of activities that you enjoy while there, the type of watercraft if any you use on the lake, whether or not you feel safe, what would you like to see to improve your experience and a few more.

All in all, the survey will take about 10 minutes to complete and will help the City of Pittsfield continue to improve on one of the most beautiful spots in the Berkshires for residents and visitors for years to come.  Click this link to the Pontoosuc Lake Community Visioning Survey and help put your mark on our little piece of heaven.

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