Watercraft

Efforts should be made to increase the coordination of various lake users. Wakes caused by large boats and ‘boogie boards’ have been noted as a serious concern with respect to shoreline erosion and causing unpleasant conditions on the lake. Further, wake jumping by personal watercraft has been reported as both dangerous and inconsiderate. Concerns are routinely expressed regarding boater behavior, especially the practice of exceeding safe speeds and boating in and around established swimming lanes.

Concerns exist with regard to boat speed, wakes, traffic direction and congestion and are amplified by the number of users. More support is needed for instituting lake surface use ordinances on the lake is necessary.

Resources

Boater Safety Handbook

Preservation

Fast Facts

Did you spot the Brown Booby?

We were recently mentioned in TIME Magazine after a Brown Booby was spotted on Onota Lake! 1,500 miles from its native home in the Gulf of Mexico.

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.

Membership

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.

Start Your Membership

Make A Donation

We depend on people like you who appreciate the natural beauty of Lake Onota and want to keep it that way. Help us help Lake Onota today.

Make a Donation

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

Contact

LOPA

Jeff Rose
President
jhrose1958@gmail.com

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
413-499-9344
jmcgrath@cityofpittsfield.org

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