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The Indian Ponds

Indian Ponds Association

Protecting Mystic Lake, Middle Pond, and Hamblin Pond since 1958

The three interconnected 100+-acre ponds in Marstons Mills, Massachusetts -- Mystic Lake, Middle Pond, and Hamblin Pond -- are, together, the Indian Ponds. They're kettlehole ponds, formed by pieces of ice left behind when the glaciers receded, and form an ecosystem that supports wildlife in, on, and off the water. They're also an integral part of the local community, and residents and visitors use the ponds for swimming, fishing, and boating year-round.

Latest News & Upcoming Events
MARK ELLS SPEAKS AT THE  ANNUAL MEETING

Barnstable Town Manager Mark Ells  was the guest speaker at the IPA's 63rd
annual meeting on Sunday, July 11,

Mr. Ells said Mystic Lake is amount the 10 10 priority of the 100 ponds the Town is looking at to develop a management plan for future pond treatments.  He encourages us to continue working to coserve our precious freshwater resources, and let them kow of any changes we observe or issue that is not being adequately addressed.

The Town has contracted with APCC to sample the ponds each 1-2 weeks so the Town can issue alerts as necessary.  

NOW AVAILABLE:
THE SUMMER 2021

IPA NEWSLETTER

IN THIS ISSUE

  • Annual Meeting

  • Things You Should Know

  • New IPA Directors

  • Pond Cleanup

  • First Ever IPA Pond Seminar

  • Birds That Lay Eggs in other Species Nests

  • Status of Cyanobacteria Monitoring

  • How to Get Invasive

  • Gray Willows Removed

  • AND MUCH MORE….

Download the newsletter here.

SUCCESSFUL CLEANUP OF MIDDLE POND
AND MYSTIC LAKE

In August, a three stage cleanup of Middle Pond and Mytic Lake was performed by IPA volunteers including 15 yr-old Ryley King and his 11-yr. old brother Chase.  Trash and litter along the shore was removed, along with benthic PVC barriers.  A large number of rubber tires were also removed from Middle Pond.  

Many thanks to the IPA volunteers who provided the elbow grease and boats wo transport the refuse to two locations where the DPW removed them.

If you have photos of the cleanup

project, please email them to Info@IndianPonds.org,  Thank you!

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OUR MISSION

The Indian Ponds Association's mission is to preserve and protect the natural environment and ecological systems of the Indian Ponds and surrounding parcels of lands and watershed, and to participate in studies and work with other agencies, individuals, and groups to educate the public, serve the community, and promote and preserve the Indian Ponds and surrounding areas.

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WHAT WE DO

Members of our Association have been monitoring our ponds' health and advocating for responsible stewardship since the IPA's inception in 1958.

Read some of the highlights of over a half century of our history HERE

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JOIN US

New to the Indian Ponds?  

The Resident's Guide will give you a guided tour and can be viewed or downloaded HERE

Learn how to become a member HERE

Additional References and reading  available HERE

HOW TO VOLUNTEER