Welcome to the Dorothy Pond Watershed Association website.
Dorothy Pond water treatments and deweeding is supported by our community.
Please remember to make your annual dues payment of 75.00 to the Dorothy Pond Watershed Association so that we can continue to enjoy our beautiful pond! We are a registered 501c3 non-profit so your donation is tax deductible. Payments can be made out to Dorothy Pond Watershed Association and mailed to 9 Pond Terrace Millbury.
The purpose of this organization is to promote the welfare of Dorothy Pond as well as raise private and public funds to enhance the water quality, recreational usage, and fish and wildlife of Dorothy Pond, the Dorothy Pond Watershed and any contiguous areas.
Dorothy Pond is an approximately 148 acre Great Pond located in Millbury, Massachusetts which is located in Worcester County. The Dorothy Pond Watershed consists of approximately 2,607 acres in the Town of Millbury and the City of Worcester. In addition to being supported by the Dorothy Pond Watershed Association, a number of Town of Millbury Boards and Committees perform valuable services to Dorothy Pond. The Dorothy Pond Restoration Committee, the Millbury Conservation Commission, the Ponds and Lakes Committee and the Millbury Parks Commission are just four of several outside public agencies that are involved with Dorothy Pond. For more information on these Millbury Agencies please visit the Town Of Millbury’s web site www.millbury-ma.org
Fish & Wildlife
Dorothy Pond and the surrounding watershed is home to a myriad of fish and wildlife species. In addition to species that inhabit the pond itself a number of species occupy the hundreds of acres of publically owned wooded conservation and wildlife management lands that abut Dorothy Pond.
According to a June 12, 2006 Biological Survey conducted by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife the following fish species were found in Dorothy Pond:
In addition, local anglers have reported catching the following fish species:
*Please note Trout are not currently stocked in Dorothy Pond.
The Dorothy Pond area is home to a number of waterfowl, turtles and other species. Some of the more notable species identified in recent years include American Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, Mute Swans, Turkeys, Hawks, Osprey, River Otters, Whitetail Deer and Eastern Coyotes.
For further information on Fish and Wildlife laws, rules, and regulations please visit the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife web site at www.mass.gov/masswildlife
Dorothy Pond and surrounding public lands offer a number of recreational opportunities such as:
*Please note that hunting & snowmobiling are not allowed on all public lands, check with the appropriate public authority first!
Dorothy Pond is a Great Pond which is located in Millbury, Massachusetts. According to the following excerpt from The Centennial History of The Town of Millbury Dorothy Pond played an important part in Millbury’s history and the Industrial Revolution:
Dorothy Pond lies in the northern portion of the town between the old road to Worcester and the tracks of the Albany Railroad Branch. This pond as seen from the road is one of quiet beauty. It lies four hundred feet above the sea level and it is the only pond of considerable size that is wholly within the limits of the town.
The earliest name by which this sheet of water was called was “South Pond”. In the Proprietors’ Book the name “Dorothy” early appears as its name, however. Just how this name was received has not been determined. As the spelling of names in the old documents was largely phonetic we find a variety of spellings for this pond such as Dorothy’s, Dorathy’s, Doriat’s, Doritee’s, Dorrity’s, Dority’s, Doriet’s, Dorrety, Doraites. The spelling Dorothy or Dorothy’s is that most found when the handwriting is the best. “Dorothy Pond” and “Dority Pond” are the designations that older families employ the most.
The stream flowing out from Dorothy Pond, like other streams in Millbury is not large, but in coursing a mile and a quarter it has a drop of sixty feet before it enters the Blackstone near the County Bridge.
Dorothy Pond and Dorothy Stream are referenced numerous times in the history book. During the Industrial Revolution several industries that utilized water power were located on Dorothy Stream. Industries such as Buck Brothers, manufacturers of tools were one of the several companies that occupied water privileges on Dorothy Stream.
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