West Lake

Sandisfield, Massachusetts

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Tucked in a wooded fragment of Sandisfield State Forest, this lake is a quiet wonderland with beaver, birds, and more. West lake is a quiet, very attractive lake within one of the many disconnected land tracts that make up Sandisfield State Forest in the southern Berkshires. Even on crowded days there are less than a dozen people here; most fishing from boats that drift lazily across the water. A journey up the eastern shore brings you past beaver lodges and brushy habitat where a diverse number of songbirds nest in the warmer months. The north cove is a grab bag of marshy shore, brook, and steep banks with nearly ever-present wildlife. Finally the west shore holds long stretches of attractive wooded shore and a boggy tamarack and sweet gale patch where deep red cranberries grow.
Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts

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Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts

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

Tucked in a wooded fragment of Sandisfield State Forest, this lake is a quiet wonderland with beaver, birds, and more. West lake is a quiet, very attractive lake within one of the many disconnected land tracts that make up Sandisfield State Forest in the southern Berkshires. Even on crowded days there are less than a dozen people here; most fishing from boats that drift lazily across the water.

A journey up the eastern shore brings you past beaver lodges and brushy habitat where a diverse number of songbirds nest in the warmer months. The north cove is a grab bag of marshy shore, brook, and steep banks with nearly ever-present wildlife. Finally the west shore holds long stretches of attractive wooded shore and a boggy tamarack and sweet gale patch where deep red cranberries grow.

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

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Sandisfield
Distance: 1.4
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Maps: USGS Otis
Driving Directions: Directions to West Lake

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