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Wallum Lake

42° 0.043' N    71° 45.704' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Map Server   Acme Maps

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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.


Town: Burrillville

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

Float/Dock: no

Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 125 feet


Parking: yes: 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.

Beach/swimming spots

Submitted by: Anonymous; May 29, 2022; 9:24 am

Is there an address for a swimming/beach spot? Thank you

[Moderator's comment: the beach is at the north end of Wallum Lake, in Massachusetts, in Douglas State Forest. I don't think it has a street address but it's on Wallum Lake Park Road, which is off of Wallum Lake Road. For more information contact Douglas State Forest.]

Kayak launch

Submitted by: Anonymous; June 30, 2021; 4:57 pm

What is the street name where I can access the water for my kayak on the R.I. side? [Moderators comment: South Shore Rd runs along the east side of Wallum Lake. I’m not sure about the current status of hand carried boat access.]

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