Join Ranger Tom to learn about the owls that live in the area and where and when you might spot one at Hale. Light refreshments will be available afterward. Parking is at Hale’s Trading Post. This family-friendly hike to Storrow Pond will leave from there at 6:15 PM and is expected to take 30–45 minutes. Appropriate footwear is recommended. All ages are welcome, but please note the trail is not accessible to strollers.
About Storrow Pond
Storrow Pond once served as the focal point and swimming hole of Camp Storrow. Its dam was built on the east side of Goat Island (the large rock on its shore) and on August 12, 1926, Robert Sever Hale turned the valve that checked the flow of Wilson’s Brook (now Powissett Brook).
In May 1926, a camp headquarters cabin of split cedar logs was constructed nearby. In 1928, a fireplace was added. The building was lost in a fire decades ago, but the fireplace and chimney remain.
Originally dammed with rocks, the pond was nearly destroyed in the early 1970s. Instead, water from the pond was drained,and thousands of fish were netted and relocated to Noanet and Powissett Ponds. Mortar and cement were poured between the rocks to create a secure concrete wall. Restoration was complete by 1974.
While Storrow Pond no longer serves as a swimming hole, Hale works to control algae, milfoil, and other nuisance vegetation to maintain this healthy fresh water aquatic system. It’s an excellent place to listen to the sounds of nature and appreciate Hale’s diverse wildlife.
Hale is a nonprofit that serves 20,000 people every year, and we count on donations from people like you to help us provide outdoor experiences for all. Your gift makes great programs and events like this one possible. Thank you for helping us steward the land and support our community.