About Lake Attitash

Facts about the lake:

  • Area: 373 acres (5/8 of a square mile)
  • Maximum depth: 34 feet
  • Typical depth: 10 feet
  • Maximum width: 1 mile
  • Location: Amesbury (60%) and Merrimac (40%)

General Information
Lake Attitash is a 373-acre enlarged great pond located about a mile and a half mile northeast of Merrimac center. Maximum depth is 34 feet; average depth is 10 feet. The bottom is predominantly sand and gravel, and aquatic vegetation is scant except in the inlet and outlet coves. The shoreline is nearly completely developed with homes.

Recreational Access
Public access is provided by a paved ramp on the pond’s southern shore (70°58'55.05"W 42°50'32.23"N). It is owned by the Public Access Board and managed by DCR. Parking is available for 22 cars and trailers. Please contact DCR for additional information, fee structure, and/or restrictions pertaining to public access of Lake Attitash.

Fish Populations
The following fish species were found during MassWildlife surveys: Largemouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Brown Bullhead, White Perch, and Pumpkinseed.

Lake Attitash is a popular fishing spot. Heavy recreational use during the summer months almost precludes fishing. However, bass and panfish anglers enjoy good action during the spring and fall months, and ice fishermen avidly pursue the pike resource in winter. Fishing pressure is particularly high during the winter. Various local tournaments often bring out crowds of ice fishermen on weekends. Lake Attitash has produced Largemouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Brown Bullhead, and Sunfish that meet the minimum size for recognition by the Freshwater Sportfishing Awards Program.