Washington Mountain Marsh

Becket, Massachusetts 01223

Washington Mountain Marsh

Washington Mountain Marsh Professional Review and Guide

"Hike around a defunct reservoir–turned-marsh. Zigzag around Washington Mountain Marsh on hundreds of feet of plank walkways and wooden bridges; pass within feet of active beaver dams, and see fine examples of the huts in which beavers live. October Mountain State Forest is Massachusetts’s largest state forest at 16,500 acres.

Almost every topographic map shows this body of water as Washington Mountain Lake. The strange thing is that this was never a lake. A leaky dam in a failed flood-control project prevented the lake from ever being formed, resulting in the marsh that exists today."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Several options
Trail Type
Skill Level
1 to 2 hours
October Mountain State Forest
Local Contacts
USGS East Lee; park map available at October Mountain Campground and on the park website
Local Maps

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Jul 2018