About CLWA

Chebacco Lake is a 209-acre Great Pond co-located in Essex and Hamilton, Massachusetts approximately 30 miles north of Boston. The Great Pond designation ensures public use for swimming, boating, and year-around fishing

(See Recreation & Safety for further information)

(average depth: 9 feet with a maximum depth of 22 feet) – characteristics that make the lake susceptible to algae blooms.

flows 1.7 miles to the Essex River. Each spring for thousands of years, alewife (lake herring) return from the ocean via the brook to spawn.

comprise 10% of the 3,657-acre watershed area which overlaps portions of Hamilton (1,463 acres), Essex (1,097 acres), Manchester (658 acres), Wenham (329 acres), and Beverly (110 acres).

forested areas comprise 58% area; wetlands comprise another 17%. Routes 22 and 128 cross the watershed.

there are no dams or control structures. A sand-gravel aquifer underlies the lake and ponds which are at similar elevations. The health and ecology of these water bodies are closely intertwined with land and water use practices in all five communities.

that’s when summer camps and cabins began giving way to year-around habitation, amplifying challenges stemming from phosphate overloading, pollution, and runoff.

sparked by the arrival of an invasive aquatic plant, cabomba. The Association is open to all residents and friends of the watershed, and works closely with the Towns of Essex and Hamilton as well as the relevant agencies of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Let’s Be The Solution!

As we reach our 40th year, the challenges of watershed health and sustainability have never been greater and the Association is striving to build a robust community of watershed residents and advocates to protect these vulnerable resources. 

Recreation & Safety

Information on outdoor activity

Lake Living & Learning

Key concepts of lake ecology and mitigating our “watershed footprint"

Watershed Stewardship

Overview of current projects

In addition to this webpage, the Association publishes a periodic newsletter and maintains a Facebook page for the latest updates, wildlife sightings, photos, and neighborhood news.

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CLWA Officers & Board of Directors for 2023-2024

PRESIDENT

Sue McLaughlin

160 Gregory Island Rd South Hamilton, MA

sjmclaughlin@verizon.net

VICE PRESIDENT

Robyn Kanter

30 Hill Rd South Hamilton

MAtripler3@comcast.net

PAST PRESIDENT

Dave Lash

73 Lakeshore Ave South Hamilton, MA

dave@davelash.com

SECRETARY

OPEN POSITION

TREASURER

OPEN POSITION

Hamilton Representatives

Russell Camp

35 Village Lane South Hamilton, MA

russell.camp1941@gmail.com

Shirley Decker-Lucke

21E Gregory Island Rd South Hamilton, MA

Essex Representatives

Adam Bahret

18 Coral Hill Rd Essex, MA

adamb113@gmail.com

Maddie Hopkins

Director of Rowing, Gordon College

maddie.hopkins@gordon.edu

David Lenzi (978) 768-7034

57 Wood Dr Essex, MA

Keith Symmes

27 Centennial Grove Rd Essex, MA

klsymmes@msn.com

Bette Viano

20 Coral Hill Essex, MA

bviano@gmail.com