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The Sluice Pond Association organizes events and activities for members of the 165 households that meander along the shoreline of this 55+ acre urban pond located in Lynn, Massachusetts. Along with neighbors and the general public who use the pond for boating, fishing and swimming, members of the Sluice Pond Association are volunteers in the preservation of this natural resource. Pond abutters and nearby neighbors are welcome to join the Sluice Pond Association for $20/household in annual member fees.
NO WAKE means NO WAKE
For those new to the pond, there is a 5 horsepower motor limit for boats using Sluice Pond and a 5 MPH limit for boating in the coves and smaller part of Sluice Pond. We strongly recommend that the NO WAKE signs in all three coves of the pond north of the red house and Haywards Restaurant (from the boat ramp or Eel cove to beyond the red house ) be observed.
Please warn your neighbors that they can be fined and prohibited from using larger motors if they churn enough water to endanger swimmers, canoes, kyaks and small boats or to ruin other people's docks and steps in the cove areas by speeding in the coves. By law the damage caused is the responsibility of the boat owner to repair or the liability of the boat owner in the case of an injury or drowning. Unless you are heavily insured and able to sustain fines, no wake, no mistake.
Due to economic cutbacks, the city is no longer offering to supply new bouys for Sluice Pond, so Volunters from the Sluice Pond Association Board of Directors voted to replace the old ones and new bouys were installed last spring. The NO WAKE bouys are placed in the cove areas in the usual locations. The Sluice Pond Association is working to identify private sources of funding for a boat wash station that will assist the pond abutters to keep invasive weeds out of Sluice Pond. Funds are being sought for pond beautification projects and to assist officials in maintaining a safe boating and swimming environment.
Currently the Sluice Pond Association is working with the City of Lynn in the maintenance of the pond as a prime recreational site in Lynn. Other partners include Lynn Community Development and local Merchants who are members and Friends of Sluice Pond Association. We received assistance of the Commonwealth through the City of Lynn Department of Community Development to eradicate the native and invasive weeds in the Spring of 2007 and 2008. The City of Lynn and Lynn Water and Sewer paid for weed treatments for Sluice and Flax Ponds in 2009.The 2010 weed treatment never happened, but Mayor Kennedy found the funds to assist with the pond in 2011, 2012 and 2013. We owe her and her staff a special thanks for keeping our ponds clean and safe.
HISTORY OF SLUICE POND ASSOCIATION
The Sluice Pond Association began in the 1950s as a social group of pond abutters and has remained active through several iterations of organizational growth and state/federal recognition of the organization. In the late 1970s and early 1980s the Association mounted it’s first effort to eradicate the weeds from Eels Cove where a primary source of water for Sluice Pond feeds in from the Cedar Brook. There has been a great deal of concern over the years that there may be inappropriate discharge to the pond from housing developments further upstream. This has not been substantiated by water quality measurements and consultants with Aquatic Control Technology have described a natural process of bubble formation due to weed activity that looks similar to soap suds in the cove. However, reports that one or more pond abutters have not tied into city sewer lines or tied in without removing old septic systems remains a concern. In the early 1980s, that part of the pond was manually dredged by boat, a process too costly and not effective enough to match today’s chemical treatment of weeds.
In the late 1800s, there was an assessment of the ponds fed by Cedar Brook and forming the “Strawberry Chain” of ponds that flow to the Atlantic Ocean through Lynn. It showed that Sluice Pond had the purest water and the pond was considered for the town water supply. A decision was made instead to create the largely manmade ponds within the Lynn Woods Reservation; Walden’s Pond, Breeds Pond, Birch Pond that are used as water supply sources in Lynn and surrounding communities. Naturally formed ponds from the Cedar Brook (Cedar Pond, Sluice Pond, Flax Pond, Goldfish Pond and the Floating Bridge Pond) are maintained for recreational purposes by abutters and the City of Lynn. Sluice Pond is currently under review as one of the few glacially formed ponds in the Northeast by geologists at Salem State College.