Thompson Pond (Massachusetts)

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Thompson Pond
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Location Spencer, Massachusetts, United States
Coordinates 42°18′09″N71°58′17″W / 42.30250°N 71.97139°W / 42.30250; -71.97139 Coordinates: 42°18′09″N71°58′17″W / 42.30250°N 71.97139°W / 42.30250; -71.97139
Type Pond
Catchment area 18 mi² (46.62 km²)
Basin  countriesUnited States
Surface area116 acres (47 ha)
Average depth8 ft (2.4 m)
Max. depth21 ft (6.4 m)
Shore length13.3 mi (5.3 km)
Surface elevation860 ft (260 m)
Settlements Spencer, Paxton
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Thompson Pond is a fresh water pond in central Massachusetts, near North Spencer and Paxton. [1] It is part of the Chicopee River Watershed.

Spencer, Massachusetts Town in Massachusetts, United States

Spencer is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 11,688 at the 2010 census.

Paxton, Massachusetts Town in Massachusetts, United States

Paxton is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 4,806 at the 2010 census.



Turkey Hill Brook starts at Turkey Hill Pond, works its way down to Eames Pond (Moore State Park) and eventually joins Caruth Brook to form Thompson Pond. Turkey Hill Brook flows into the Seven Mile River. At one time, this creek had seven dams on it. [2] Thompson Pond comprises approximately 116 acres (0.47 km2). An earthen dam, approximately 150 ft (46 m) in length with a 50 ft (15 m) long concrete spillway, forms the pond. [3]

Moore State Park United States historic place

Moore State Park is a 737-acre (298 ha) public recreation area located in the town of Paxton, Massachusetts, portions of which were listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Moore State Park Historic District in 2004. Features of the state park include historical building foundations, a restored sawmill, Eames Pond, waterfalls and mill chutes as well as abundant azaleas, rhododendrons, and mountain laurel. The park is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Caruth Brook drains a huge wetlands to the north and west of Thompson Pond.


Thompson Pond is within the Spencer State Forest reservation.

The Worcester County 4-H Club maintains a summer camp, Camp Marshall, on its shores. [4] Camp Marshall was originally built as a Civilian Conservation Corps Camp in the 1930s. In 1948 the state provided a lease for a residential camp program.

4-H Nonprofit organization

4-H is a U.S.-based network of youth organizations whose mission is "engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development". Its name is a reference to the occurrence of the initial letter H four times in the organization's original motto ‘head, heart, hands, and health’ which was later incorporated into the fuller pledge officially adopted in 1927. In the United States, the organization is administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). 4-H Canada is an independent non-profit organization overseeing the operation of branches throughout Canada. There are 4-H organizations in over 50 countries; the organization and administration varies from country to country. Each of these programs operates independently but cooperatively through international exchanges, global education programs, and communications.

Civilian Conservation Corps public work relief program

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a voluntary public work relief program that operated from 1933 to 1942 in the United States for unemployed, unmarried men. Originally for young men ages 18–25, it was eventually expanded to ages 17–28. Robert Fechner was the first director of this agency, succeeded by James McEntee following Fechner's death. The CCC was a major part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal that provided unskilled manual labor jobs related to the conservation and development of natural resources in rural lands owned by federal, state, and local governments. The CCC was designed to provide jobs for young men and to relieve families who had difficulty finding jobs during the Great Depression in the United States. Maximum enrollment at any one time was 300,000. Through the course of its nine years in operation, 3 million young men participated in the CCC, which provided them with shelter, clothing, and food, together with a wage of $30 per month.


Thompson Pond offers good fishing for many warm water fish. A survey conducted in 1994 showed thirteen species including Large and Small-mouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Yellow Perch, White Perch, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, Brown and Yellow Bullhead, Golden Shiner, and Sucker.

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