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Public Access

The City of Worcester park facilities and amenities bordering Indian Lake are as follows:

Park Facility Acreage Tennis Bathing Beach Picnic Tables Fishing Restrooms Boat Launch
Indian Lake Beach, 20 Clason Rd 1.63 No Yes No Yes Seasonally No
Morgan Landing, Grove Street 11.2 1 No 5 Yes No Yes
Shore Park, 115 Shore Drive 5.0 No Yes 5 Yes Seasonally No

(Click on the location above to visit MapQuest for directions and a map.)

PUBLIC BEACH FACILITIES

There are two public beach facilities on Indian Lake: Indian Lake Beach and Shore Park. They are both open seasonally from July 1st through mid August from noon to 7pm. These facilities are staffed with lifeguards and restroom facilities are open during this time only.

In 2007, a partnership was established between the City of Worcester, the Greendale YMCA and Bancroft School to ensure greater public access to Shore Park. Since that time, both organizations have made invaluable contributions to keeping the facility open to the public including Bancroft providing property management and the Greendale YMCA providing lifeguards.

Please note that at no time is swimming allowed at Morgan Landing.

BOATING ACCESS

Massachusetts is blessed with over 1200 miles of seashore and hundreds of lakes, ponds, and streams which make the Commonwealth an exceptional destination for all types of boating and fishing.

The Office of Fishing and Boating Access (FBA) is charged with providing access to these many waterways including the boat launch at Morgan Landing.

Indian Lake is a 204-acre warm water pond situated in the northern part of Worcester. It is bounded on the east by Route 12 and I-190 and on the west by Route 122A. A paved boat-launching ramp is provided for public access on Route 122A (also known as Grove Street). The area can accommodate approximately 20 cars and has designated trailer parking.

The water has a transparency of only 5 feet with mean and maximum depths at eight and fifteen feet, respectively.

The State Public Access Board provides boat and canoe access sites at more than 200 locations on coastal waters, great ponds and rivers throughout Massachusetts. The Board acquires property and easements for the purpose of providing access and designates roads and facilities to be built, improved, operated and maintained. Boat launching facilities are managed by staff from the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, the Department of Environmental Management, or municipal employees. The link below provides general information about site selection as well as detailed descriptions of the sites themselves, many including maps.

http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/pab/ 

FISH POPULATIONS

The fish population was most recently studied during a 1996 summer survey. Eleven species were collected including white perch, yellow perch, largemouth bass, golden shiner, black crappies, bluegills, pumpkinseeds, yellow bullheads, carp and white suckers. Northern pike were captured during other sampling efforts in 1994. The lake has been stocked with northern pike and tiger muskies on a fairly regular basis beginning in 1981.

The ILWA is now collecting information for all fishing tournaments held on Indian Lake.

6/2010 bass tournament report: Total count by the club (about 8 boats) was 22 bass taken. 21 were largemouth bass and one was smallmouth. There were 2 - 4 pounders, 2 – 3 ½ pounders, and a number of 1 ½ - 2 pounders

PARK PERMITS

Looking to have an event at one of the parks or beaches surrounding Indian Lake or plan a fishing tournament? Permit applications can be found at the City of Worcester's Department of Public Works and Parks web page.

Permits and other information