Buckley Dunton Lake

Becket, Massachusetts

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Buckley Dunton Lake is the largest body of water in October Mountain State Forest, the largest state forest in the commonwealth. Legend has it that Herman Melville gave October Mountain its name. The broad sides of its forested buttress were visible from the window of the room in which he composed the novel Moby Dick. There aren’t any whales swimming around Buckley Dunton Lake, but there is a good chance of seeing a beaver or other wildlife that will make this trip very enjoyable. Buckley Dunton Lake is the reservoir for the old Buckley Dunton Company, which once operated near here. Today almost the entire impoundment is within the boundaries of the state forest; that means long stretches of forested shoreline uncluttered by development. There are wide shallow wetlands begging to be explored, lots of coves studded with submerged stumps just to make the trip a little more interesting, plus lots more. The lake stands about 1,750 feet above sea level, with 2,215-foottall Walling Mountain, the highest nearby peak, about half a mile to the southwest.
Water Trails of Western Massachusetts

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Water Trails of Western Massachusetts

by Charles W. G. Smith (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Buckley Dunton Lake is the largest body of water in October Mountain State Forest, the largest state forest in the commonwealth. Legend has it that Herman Melville gave October Mountain its name. The broad sides of its forested buttress were visible from the window of the room in which he composed the novel Moby Dick. There aren’t any whales swimming around Buckley Dunton Lake, but there is a good chance of seeing a beaver or other wildlife that will make this trip very enjoyable.

Buckley Dunton Lake is the reservoir for the old Buckley Dunton Company, which once operated near here. Today almost the entire impoundment is within the boundaries of the state forest; that means long stretches of forested shoreline uncluttered by development. There are wide shallow wetlands begging to be explored, lots of coves studded with submerged stumps just to make the trip a little more interesting, plus lots more. The lake stands about 1,750 feet above sea level, with 2,215-foottall Walling Mountain, the highest nearby peak, about half a mile to the southwest.

©  Charles W. G. Smith/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Becket
Distance: 2.62
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day use
Class: Class I
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: October Mountain State Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Buckley Dunton Lake

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