The Friends of Winter Pond

For many years the citizens of Winchester, especially the neighbors of Winter Pond, have always been concerned about the pond-the water was either too high or too low, weeds and plant growth were encroaching on and up from the bottom. Gradually the overall health of the pond, and the recreational ability, was diminishing. Town budgets were not able to cover all the maintenance needed.

In 1998 concerned citizens formed The Friends of Winter Pond, Inc. a Massachusetts corporation dedicated exclusively to maintaining and protecting Winter Pond. In 2004 the organization was deemed exempt from federal income tax under 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are tax-deductible. Members of the organization include those from the pond watershed areas, environmentalists interested in its maintenance for study and recreation, and water sports enthusiasts from the town and surrounding communities.


Winter Pond, located just north of Winchester center on either side of Woodside Road, is a charming recreational area. Seasonal activities include bird watching, canoeing and kayaking, sailing, fishing, ice-skating and unusual opportunities for scenic and wildlife photography. The area is a wonderful natural habitat for wildlife.

Often referred to as Winchester’s hidden treasure, Winter Pond is a classic kettle pond, created in the Ice Age by retreating glaciers. Once much larger, it is about 17 Acres in size and is considered a Great Pond of Massachusetts. The Town of Winchester is responsible for its maintenance. Winter Pond is very shallow, approximately 8 feet at its deepest, and has a shoreline of about 1.25 miles, most of which is lined with private residences. Public access to both parts of the pond, Big Winter to the west and Little Winter to the East, is on Woodside Rd. Wildwood Cemetery borders the easternmost shore of Little Winter. Winter Pond’s only sources of water are rain and snow, ground water and run off storm water. There are no underground springs and no connections to nearby lakes or streams. Variations in the amounts of precipitation together with increasingly dense development in the area, has led to un-naturally rapid eutrophication of the pond. One of the primary goals of the Friends is to educate everyone in the watershed how to manage their own property maintenance without polluting the ponds, especially through the use of damaging phosphates common in fertilizer products.

No gasoline motors are allowed on Winter Pond (a Town Meeting vote) and there is no ice fishing (a Town Ordinance).

  • Steven Kuhlman President
  • Tom Hopcroft Vice-President
  • Judie Muggia Treasurer
  • Holly Stevens Secretary

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