Littleville Lake

Chester, Massachusetts

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Other than in name, there is nothing little about Littleville Lake. A paddle around its shore covers well over four miles, and when the prevailing wind is blowing that distance can easily feel twice as long. The Army Corps of Engineers, who manage the area, constructed the lake in the 1960s. They built a massive dam at the south end of the containment area and impounded the Middle Branch of the Westfield River. The water flooded the narrow river valley, including many homes, farms, and the small community of Dayville. The moderately deep lake is at an elevation of 518 feet and is bounded by rather steep forested hills. The long range of low hills to the west reaches a height of 1,190 feet, while Goss Hill, at 1,290 feet, oversees the ridge line to the east. Like many lakes in western Massachusetts, Littleville Lake is oriented nearly north to south, offering a clear path for the prevailing winds to rush down the valley and build whitecaps on the water. On windy days this lake can definitely be a challenge to paddle.
Water Trails of Western Massachusetts

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Water Trails of Western Massachusetts

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

Other than in name, there is nothing little about Littleville Lake. A paddle around its shore covers well over four miles, and when the prevailing wind is blowing that distance can easily feel twice as long. The Army Corps of Engineers, who manage the area, constructed the lake in the 1960s. They built a massive dam at the south end of the containment area and impounded the Middle Branch of the Westfield River.

The water flooded the narrow river valley, including many homes, farms, and the small community of Dayville. The moderately deep lake is at an elevation of 518 feet and is bounded by rather steep forested hills. The long range of low hills to the west reaches a height of 1,190 feet, while Goss Hill, at 1,290 feet, oversees the ridge line to the east. Like many lakes in western Massachusetts, Littleville Lake is oriented nearly north to south, offering a clear path for the prevailing winds to rush down the valley and build whitecaps on the water. On windy days this lake can definitely be a challenge to paddle.

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

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Chester
Distance: 4.6
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day use
Class: Class I
Season: Best spring through fall
Driving Directions: Directions to Littleville Lake

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