This is a site for launching hand-carried boats such as canoes or kayaks.
Description & Overview:
This site, off South Shore Road, provides access to Wallum Lake for hand-carried boats only. No motorized boats may be launched here. There is a small gravel parking lot and from there a short path leading to the put-in.
Wallum Lake is a large, 208 acre lake, 1/4 to 1/2 mile wide and almost 2 miles long. Almost the entire northern half of Wallum Lake is within Douglas State Forest, and a large part of the rest of the west shore is part of the Buck Hill Management Area, in Rhode Island, so large parts of the shoreline of this lake are protected and undeveloped.
This lake is stocked with trout several times throughout the year.
This site provides access to the following water bodies in the Blackstone River watershed: Wallum Lake.
Driving Landmarks: From Route 100, 1.7 miles north of the junction with Buck Hill Road and 1.1 miles south of the RI-MA state line, head east on South Shore Road. Go 450 feet and look for a dirt turnout to the left at a bend in South Shore Road. At this turnout there is a purple sign saying "Wallum Lake Canoe Launch."
Access & Waters:
Water 'Features' At Site: lake/reservior
Note: Because one boat launch can access, say, both a lake and a river or both the upstream and downstream portions of a river, not all paddling trips at a given site will necessarily encounter all of the features listed.
Type of Access: Boat launch for hand carried boats
ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no
Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 125 feet
Parking: parking lot, 8 spaces
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no
Sources for More Information:
Website: Douglas State Forest web page
Ecological, Cultural & Recreational Attractions:
Massachusetts' Douglas State Forest, at the north end of the Wallum Lake, extends about 6 miles north from the Rhode Island border, covers 5,700 acres, and has many miles of walking trails, a popular bathing beach and a boat ramp to Wallum Lake.
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This site report was last updated on January 20, 2009