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Douglas State Forest Boat Ramp on Wallum Lake

42° 1.3' N    71° 46.067' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Map Server   Acme Maps

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This is a site for launching boats from trailers. Boat ramps can normally be used to launch canoes and kayaks but please do your best to keep the boat ramp clear for boat trailers.

Description & Overview:

This boat ramp in Douglas State Forest provides access to Wallum Lake, a large, 208 acre lake, 1/4 to almost 1/2 mile wide and nearly 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 Rhode Island's Buck Hill Management Area, so large parts of the shoreline of this lake are protected and undeveloped.

During the summer months there may be a fee to access the part of the park where the boat ramp is located and there may also be restrictions on the use of motors on Wallum Lake. Inquire with the park for the latest information.

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.


Alternate Site Name: Douglas State Forest

Town: Douglas

Nearest Town Center: Douglas, MA

Driving Landmarks: From Route 16 west of Douglas, Massachusetts, head south on Wallum Street. Go straight across SW Main Street and look for the entrance to Douglas State Forest on the right in another 0.7 miles. When you come to a fork in the park entrance road bear left for the boat ramp.

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 ramp

ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no

Shoreline: hard surface boat ramp


Parking: yes

Nearby Amenities:

Public Restrooms: Yes, in season

Sources for More Information:

Website: Douglas State Forest web page

Ecological, Cultural & Recreational Attractions:

Douglas State Forest extends about 6 miles north from the Rhode Island border, covers 5,700 acres, and has many miles of walking trails, a bathing beach, picnic areas, and a boardwalk trail near the boat ramp that leads through a rare Atlantic White Cedar swamp.

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This site report was last updated on January 20, 2009

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