The Walden Woods Project does not manage Walden Pond. The Pond is part of the Massachusetts State Parks system, managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (MassParks). Decisions about capacity and summertime closures, and all permissible uses of Walden Pond are entirely up to MassParks. For further information, visit MassParks or call the Walden Pond State Reservation headquarters at 978-369-3254.
The Walden Woods Project is the official Friends of Walden Pond State Reservation. We are working to raise funds for major improvements, such as the new visitor center and shoreline stabilization, that will both protect and enhance the park for visitors from around the world. We also work closely with park staff and managers to provide interpretive expertise and artifacts that enhance the visitor’s experience and understanding of the global significance of Walden Pond and Henry David Thoreau.
Swimming is permitted at Walden Pond, as is fishing with a Massachusetts state fishing license. Boating is also permitted, but gasoline engines are banned. No pets are allowed at the Reservation. There are no open fires and no camping. The Reservation parking lot is open from 8 a.m. to approximately one hour after sunset. However, hours vary seasonally. For further information and directions to Walden Pond, please go to MassParks or call the Walden Pond State Reservation headquarters at 978-369-3254.