Windsor Lake - Kayak Trip / Canoe Trip
North Adams, MA
A fairly small lake (smaller than Windsor Pond in Savoy) but with easy access at its north end via a boat ramp. The southeastern corner of the lake is host to a picnic grounds (and bandstand that's got live bands in the summer) and a gaggle of swimmers in the public, roped-off section, but take your kayak or canoe into the far end and you'll enjoy a solitude that seems like you're far from any madding crowd. There are reputedly 7- to 11-pound smallmouth bass (and bigger carp) in this up-to-20-foot-deep lake according to fishermen I've spoken to there; personally, I haven't caught any of those, but trout, smaller bass, and catfish (well, they don't call them that), yes. Lots of action and I've left everything I caught from my kayak there for you to enjoy, too. I've spent 3-4 hours at a time enjoying this quiet water.
Day use, mainly. Bathrooms, picnic tables, swimming area with lifeguards and rangers sometimes.
Make your way to western Mass. on MA-8 or MA-7 to Williamstown and then North Adams or direct to North Adams on MA-8. Take Rte. 2 to Eagle Street, make a right one block and turn left on Main curving to the right onto Church Street. Follow it 1.7 mi. to Bradley St. Take a left on Bradley. You'll see the northern end of the park in front of you; there are a couple of parking spaces there next to the boat ramp; turn right into the park and there are lots of spaces.
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