Summer is a magical time in Pittsfield and the surrounding Berkshires. Savor the long, warm days as you explore our refreshing lakes, scenic vistas and a myriad of outdoor activities. Photo credit: Justin Allen
Take the family for a fun day of swimming at Burbank Park on Onota Lake or Lulu Pond Beach at Pittsfield State Forest. The former usually has lifeguards on duty during the summer, Wednesdays through Sundays. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Photo credit: Gillian Jones, Berkshire Eagle
Boating/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding/Water Skiing
Enjoy Boating, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding and Water Skiing on either of Pittsfield’s two spectacular lakes – Onota and Pontoosuc. Boat launches to access the Housatonic River are at Fred Garner Park and Canoe Meadows. Berkshire Community Rowing (BCR, also BRASS) offers rowing experiences and coaching for people of all ages. Their boathouse is located within Burbank Park on Onota Lake.
Photo credit: Ogden Gigli
Pittsfield is super bike friendly! In the spring of 2021, new bike lanes were unveiled downtown that provide a seamless cycling experience from Park Square to Tyler Street and back. The bike lanes are buffered on either side with 2’ clear-zones to better separate people cycling from open car doors and moving traffic. The North Street bike lanes are just one piece of a future safe cycling network that will connect major thoroughfares in the city including Tyler Street, Wahconah Street, Elm Street, and the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail.
Springside Park is a popular venue for off-road biking. Berkshire Cycle Association hosts the free Berkshire Mountain Bikes Series here every Summer/Fall and in the past have hosted the Berkshire Cyclo Cross Races.
Enjoy off-road mountain biking at Pittsfield State Forest, with its magnificent scenic vistas and trails. Photo credit: Ben Garver, Berkshire Eagle
Anglers can find exceptional fishing year round in Pittsfield at Pontoosuc and Onota Lakes, and seasonally at Pittsfield State Forest.
Pontoosuc Lake is home to abundant populations of yellow perch, white perch, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, pumpkinseed, black crappie and chain pickerel.
Onota Lake has an exceptionally diverse array fish species, including northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, brown trout, rainbow trout, chain pickerel, yellow perch, white perch, bluegill, pumpkinseed, black crappie, rock bass, brown bullhead, white sucker, carp, golden shiner, common shiner and rainbow smelt. For fishing supplies, check out Onota Boat Livery.
Photo: Berry Pond, Pittsfield State Forest
The City of Pittsfield worked with the nationally-known skate park design company, Spohn Ranch, to design Phase 2 of the park. An excellent way for the kids to let off some steam. Come check it out! Photo credit: The Berkshire Eagle
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