At the furthest western point of the lake near Tyringham Road, a public boat ramp and parking lot can be found. The town of Monterey makes these amenities unavailable during the period of June 15 through September 6 because of swimming season.  A 1979 survey recorded a total of 12 species of fish inside Lake Garfield: smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, pumpkinseed, yellow perch, chain pickerel, rainbow trout, golden shiner, brown bullhead, bluegill, white sucker, rock bass and white perch.  Lake Garfield is a popular fishing site for rainbow trout during spring. Due to the dominant yellow and white perch population, gamefish are usually below average size and abundance although a good bass or pickerel may occasionally be produced by the lake. 
Lake Garfield was named for a local family. 
- Lake Garfield Pond map and info. MassWildlife. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
- Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 134.
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