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Wampatuck Pond

542 Liberty St, Hanson, MA 02341, USA

Hanson Town Hall: (781) 293-5186

Owned By: Town of Hanson

Located next to the Hanson Town Hall, Wampatuck Pond is suitable for fishing, paddling and seasonal ice skating. You’ll find a ramp and access for small boats here. Swimming is not permitted. The island within the pond is privately owned. For trail access, visit Veterans Memorial Town Forest – Hanson, immediately adjacent.

Features

A beautiful backdrop for Hanson’s Town Hall, this manmade pond is bordered by a small park, a cemetery, residential areas, and the Hanson Veterans Memorial Town Forest. It is sometimes known as Raised Great Pond or Town Hall Pond.

For most of the 20th century, Camp Wampatuck, a summer sleep-away camp, was located on the shoreline. It has since has been replaced by a residential subdivision known as “Kings Landing.”

Prior to European contact, the Mattakeeset band of the Massachuseuk (or Massachusett) Native American tribe lived for thousands of years in the North River watershed. Their village included most of today’s Pembroke and Hanson. The word “Mattakeeset” means “place of many fish.” Wampatuck Pond is named for the Chief Sachem of the Mattakeeset, Josias Wompatuck (also spelled Wampatuck).

To learn more about local Native American tribes, we encourage you to interact with their members. The Massachusett tribe at Ponkapoag and the Mattakeeset band of the Massachusett share information on their websites.

Trail Description

The adjacent Veterans Memorial Town Forest offers some hiking trails along the edge of the pond.

Habitats and Wildlife

The pond’s water quality is impaired due to noxious aquatic plants. It is not suitable for swimming.

Indian Head Brook, a major tributary to the Indian Head River, flows through the pond. The Indian Head River forms the boundary between Hanover and Hanson, and merges with Pembroke’s Herring Brook, a short distance downstream of Ludden’s Ford Park, to form the North River at a spot called The Crotch. The North River flows 12 miles through Pembroke, Hanover, Norwell, Marshfield and Scituate, eventually making its way to Massachusetts Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

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542 Liberty St, Hanson, MA 02341, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: Yes

Lifeguards: No

Size: 62 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Limited on-site parking for cars and trailers.

Cost: Free

Facilities:

Concrete launch ramp for small power boats, canoes & kayaks. Picnic tables, informational kiosk and signage.

Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash. Please clean up after your pet!

Boat Ramp: Yes

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: Indian Head Brook (North & South Rivers watershed)

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