Winter Drawdown of Onota and Pontoosuc Lakes

The City of Pittsfield has announced that the annual drawdown of city lakes is scheduled to begin on Oct. 16.  Pontoosuc Lake will be drawn down approximately 3 ½ feet below the spillway elevation, while Onota Lake will receive a deep drawdown of 5 ½ feet.

Refill at both lakes will begin in early spring 2018.  Questions regarding the Pontoosuc Lake drawdown should be directed to the Pittsfield State Forest office at 413-442-8992; any questions regarding the Onota Lake drawdown should be directed to James McGrath, the city’s Park, Open Space and Natural Resource Program Manager, at 413-499-9344.