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Furnace Pond


Furnace Pond was Treated on July 7, 2022

Warning: Furnace Pond will be treated on Thursday, July 7, 2022 chemically to control the growth of nuisance aquatic vegetation. Do not use the water for the following purposes until the date noted below:

Drinking and Cooking - July 8, 2022

Boating, Fishing and Swimming - July 8, 2022

Watering of Livestock - July 8, 2022

Irrigation - July 8, 2022

For further information, contact Solitude Lake Management at 508-865-1000. This chemical treatment is being conducted pursuant to a permit issued by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and an Order of Conditions issued by the Conservation Commission.

General Information

Furnace Pond is a 115 acre great pond with an average depth of 5 feet and a

maximum depth of 9 feet. Furnace Pond receives water from Oldham Pond

and from cranberry bogs and drains into Herring Brook and eventually into

the North River. The bottom is composed primarily of mud, and aquatic

vegetation is extremely abundant. Most of the 2.7 miles of shoreline is

developed with year round houses. Furnace Pond is extremely fertile and is

subject to nuisance algae blooms during the summer. The pond is used as a

secondary water supply for the City of Brockton as water is pumped from the

pond during the winter months into Silver Lake.


The pond is readily accessible from Route 14, about 1.3 miles west of

Pembroke center. Roadside parking is available along Mattakeesett Street

(Route 14) and canoes and small boats can be launched (70°49'39.67"W 42°

3'39.21"N). Please contact MassWildlife for additional information and/or

restrictions pertaining to public access of Furnace Pond.

Fish Populations

The following fish species were found during MassWildlife surveys:

Largemouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Brown Bullhead, Yellow Perch, White Perch,

Black Crappie, Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, Golden Shiner, Alewife, and American



Furnace Pond has a reputation as an excellent Largemouth Bass producer.

Largemouths are clearly the dominant gamefish. They are of large average

size with clunkers in the five to seven pound range frequently reported. The

abundant weed growth makes them difficult to catch throughout the summer

and fall months, but those who have mastered the use of weedless gear can

expect good catches. Don't overlook the panfish in this pond. White Perch

are abundant and of good size. This is also a good pond for crappie (calicos),

which are also abundant and of large average size. Furnace Pond has

produced Black Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Yellow Perch, and

Brown Bullhead that meet minimum sizes for recognition by the Freshwater

Sportfishing Awards Program.

Oldham Pond is just to the north, and Stetsons Pond, Little Sandy Bottom

Pond, and Hobomock Pond are within the town of Pembroke. Indianhead

Pond, Maquan Pond and Wampatuck Pond are located nearby in Hanson.

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