Photos by Mary Garnish Bauman

Annual Monitoring Report

The LOPA 2020 Annual Monitoring Report is available for download.

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Fast Facts

Did you know that maximum lake speed is 45 mph?

For more information on Boater Safety see Boater Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility.

Did you know?

LOPA is an organization of volunteers. Our mission is to help the City of Pittsfield keep the lake clean and naturally beautiful for generations to come.

Why do a drawdown of the lake?

Lake drawdown is when the City of Pittsfield reduces the water level in the lake. Reasons: Shoreline erosion, weed management, flooding control.

How can I protect the Lake from Zebra Mussels?

Before launching a boat or kayak wash it thoroughly. Learn more about Zebra Mussels.

What You Can Do

Volunteer Opportunities

Beyond donations, there are many ways you can contribute to the preservation of Onota Lake. Here’s how you can help.


Become A Member

If you enjoy and appreciate Lake Onota, there’s a way you can give back. Becoming a LOPA Member means you support the preservation of this natural splendor.

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What We Do

Our purpose is to assist the City of Pittsfield on all matters regarding Lake Onota. We’re a volunteer organization, providing education and scientific study to help preserve this beautiful place.

LOPA is the voice of Lake Onota, and our members are dedicated to its preservation and restoration.

Learn More About LOPA

Things To Do

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Burbank Park

Located on the eastern shore of Onota Lake, Burbank Park is open year round. This 153-acre public park offers a fishing pier and free public boat launch, picnic groves with grills, a public swimming beach with lifeguards during July and August, and a walking path along the lake. Burbank Park can be accessed off of Valentine Road. More information about Burbank Park can be found at the City of Pittsfield website or by calling (413) 499-9344


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Live On The Lake

The Live on the Lake concert series is held every Wednesday in July and August at Burbank Park from 6 to 8 pm. Information on the event, including performer lineups, can be found through the City of Pittsfield website.

Live On The Lake 2021 Summer Lineup

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Boating & Fishing

Onota Lake offers a host of water-based recreational opportunities in all seasons. With its unparalleled scenic beauty, this high-quality lake naturally attracts boaters, fisherman, and nature enthusiasts from around the region. We look forward to seeing you on the lake soon. And remember, please use the lake responsibly!

Onota Boat Livery
Massachusetts Paddler
Berkshire Rowing

About LOPA

Mission Statement

Exclusively for the propose of providing an organization for voluntary charitable, scientific and educational action working toward the preservation of Onota Lake, by providing help, assistance, advice and support to the City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the municipality owning Onota Lake, on matters concerning Onota Lake, and promoting closer cooperation between the City, lake users and lake-front property owners and their associations.

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Michael Riordan

Board Members

Lake Onota Preservation Association, Inc.
PO Box 2884
Pittsfield, MA 01202

City of Pittsfield

James McGrath
Park, Open Space, and Natural Resource Program Manager

Office of Community Development
City Hall
70 Allen Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201