Littleville Lake

Chester, Massachusetts

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This is a great place for fishermen and for paddlers who don’t mind weaving their way though a stump-filled reservoir. The wooded hillsides and scattered islands lend a scenic beauty. Look for great blue heron prowling the west-end marshes. The wooded hills of the 1,567-acre area contain typical woodland tree species, including sugar and red maples, white ash, red oak, black and gray birches, quaking aspen, white pine, ironwood, and sycamore. The rocky shoreline leads to fairly steep wooded banks. A few marshy areas occur at the north end, along with the inlet. Signs of an abandoned farm appear about two-thirds of the way up the lake: old apple trees, stone walls, and pastures growing up into woodland. We found beaver and other wildlife to be more plentiful near the north end. You can paddle up the crystal-clear inlet river a short distance, but it becomes shallow fairly quickly with a lot of exposed rocks.
Quiet Water Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island: AMC's Canoe and Kayak Guide, 3rd Edition

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Quiet Water Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island: AMC's Canoe and Kayak Guide, 3rd Edition

by Alex Wilson & John Hayes (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

This is a great place for fishermen and for paddlers who don’t mind weaving their way though a stump-filled reservoir. The wooded hillsides and scattered islands lend a scenic beauty. Look for great blue heron prowling the west-end marshes.

The wooded hills of the 1,567-acre area contain typical woodland tree species, including sugar and red maples, white ash, red oak, black and gray birches, quaking aspen, white pine, ironwood, and sycamore. The rocky shoreline leads to fairly steep wooded banks. A few marshy areas occur at the north end, along with the inlet. Signs of an abandoned farm appear about two-thirds of the way up the lake: old apple trees, stone walls, and pastures growing up into woodland. We found beaver and other wildlife to be more plentiful near the north end. You can paddle up the crystal-clear inlet river a short distance, but it becomes shallow fairly quickly with a lot of exposed rocks.

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Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Chester
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
Class: Class I
Season: Spring through Fall
Local Contacts: Camping at Chester-Blandford State Forest, DAR State Forest
Local Maps: Massachusetts Atlas & Gazetteer, Map 34: M2, N2, 3, O3; USGS Chester
Driving Directions: Directions to Littleville Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

5/23/2009
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Littleville Lake is a great paddle for a beginner and intermediate. It was a bright sunny day when I went with some friends and there was a slight northwesterly wind (in your face) from the launch area. There were a few folks in small boats on the lake fishing as well as kayaks, but not too much to make it crowded. The paddle up to the Middle branch of the Westfield River is not hard, and I would consider myself a beginner paddler. I have a 17 foot Necky Chatham but my friends were sporting two Wilderness 14 footers and another Necky 15 footer. I had a blast because the wind was a bit brisk and created some chop out in the middle of the lake and my boat loves that stuff. To rest and get out of the sun, we paddled along the western shore line. There was a area to get out and rest if you need to about half way to the mouth of the river on the western shoreline. It was a great day and I would recommend this paddle to any new paddler.



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