Boston Kayaker

Kayaking on Wallum Lake - in Douglas MA

Rating: Two-and-a-Half Stars - The entire west coast was lined with the trees of the Douglas State Forest. Plenty of picnic benches and barbecue pits at the state park ideal for group outings with some paddling on the side, for which I gave this route an exta half-star. I circumnavigated Wallum Lake in two hours and some 10 minutes. Autumn foliage is slightly past peak but still colorfully bright.

  Put in at the boat ramp on Wallum Lake
  Park Road in Douglas MA.
Paddle around Lake
  Wallum and return.
Estimated round trip
  distance = 4 miles
Douglas State
  Alternate put in at South Shore
  Road in Burrillville RI.
Wallum Lake Park
  beach and rec area
Nature Center Eleanor Slater

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Explore RI's Blueways and Greenways: Douglas State Forest Boat Ramp on Wallum Lake
Explore RI's Blueways and Greenways: Wallum Lake
Mass. Govt: Douglas State Forest
Mass. Govt: Douglas State Forest Trail Map
Mass. Govt: Douglas State Forest Trail Map (cached copy)

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In Uxbridge MA on my way to Wallum Lake in Douglas MA.
Trip date is October 2013.

The turn to Cedar Street from Route 16.

The Boston Kayaker on the launch to Wallum Lake.
In Wallum State Park in Douglas MA.

Just launched on Wallum Lake.

Wallum Lake viewed from the north end launch.

Will paddle south along the western coast and circle Wallum Lake counter-clockwise.

The state park rec area is next to the boat launch.

Plenty of picnic tables and barbecue pits at Douglas State Park overlooking Wallum Lake.

The empty beach of Douglas State Park. Its October and too cold to swim.

Continuing southerly paddle.
Another cove on the right.

A blue heron with something in his mouth.

A blue heron with his fish/meal on Wallum Pond.

The same blue heron with the same fish.

Continuing southerly paddle.

To my right is a small cove.

Skipped that cove on my right and continuing south.

That raised water tank marks the south end of Wallum Pond I think.

Another cove on my right that seems to be interesting.

I paddled towards the cove to see if this is an inlet that can be paddled.

This cove is too shallow to explore. Tuning around.

Just turned around. I can see across the lake a sandy beach (will turn out to be a private beach).

Coming of the cove, veering right to continue my southerly direction.

I have reached the south west corner of Wallum Pond.

Looking to my left is the water tank.

Veering left.

I am now paddling eastwards with the southern shore on my right.

On my right is the south east corner of Wallum Pond.

Will paddle straigt eastwards to the eastern shore and skip this south east corner cove.

Diirectly ahead is the Eleanor Slater Hospital with water tank.

The water tank of Eleanor Slater Hospital.

Now veering to my left and paddling northerly with the eastern coast on my right.

The winds kicking up the choppy waters.

Water's choppy and wind is cold. My hands are wet and cold.

My camera lens all splashed out.

Another private beach on my right.

Water splashing onto my camera.

I can see the benches of Douglas State Park on the other side of the lake.

The guy on this powered boat launched the same time I was launching my kayak.
We chatted later at the ramp. He told me that I did not take long to circle Wallum Pond. I told him he got tired first! laughter around!

Landed. I was on Wallum Lake for 2 hours and 10 minutes.