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(aka Wallum Pond)

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Last Updated: 12/2016
 Fishing
        Fishing for largemouth bass should be fair, but don't expect to find many large bass since the low productivity of the lake results in slow growth for most species. The southern or Rhode Island portion contains more shallow weedy coves, and this is probably the most promising area to fish for largemouth bass. Trout and salmon fishing is very popular from ice-out through early summer; this period receives the heaviest pressure. Ice fishing for trout and salmon is also popular. People licensed to fish in either Massachusetts or Rhode Island may fish Wallum Lake.
NOTE: Rhode Island regulations apply throughout. 


History
       

Description
      The Rhode Island - Massachusetts's boundary bisects this 322-acre lake, with the northern half in Douglas, Massachusetts, and the southern half in Burrillville, Rhode Island. Aquatic vegetation of all types is scarce. The western shore is undeveloped, while the eastern shore is lined with summer cottages and several year-round homes. Fishing, boating and swimming are popular at this picturesque lake. 


STATISTICS
Skill Level:  Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:     2 hours
Total Distance:       5.25 miles
Nearest Address:   
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Position:  42-01.30 N 71-46.07 W
USGS Map: Oxford, MA and Thompson, CT
Access: 
There are two paved boat ramps, one at the north end off Wallum Lake Road in Douglas, Massachusetts; the second at the southern extreme in Burrillville, Rhode Island. 

Physical Features:
  • Area:                322 acres
                            138 acres in Massachusetts
                            184 acres in Rhode Island
  • Max depth:        74 feet
  • Avg depth:         24 feet
  • Transparency:    20  feet
  • Terrain Type: Woods, State Forest, Conservation Land, Homes, Hospital.


Fish Population
  • Last survey 2001
  •  species:   Largemouth bass, yellow perch and bluegills are common. Additional species present include pumpkinseed, chain pickerel, landlocked alewife, trout, and broodstock salmon. Rainbow smelt are also known to be present.  Each spring Wallum Lake is stocked with rainbow trout and brown trout. With the presence of landlocked alewife, which serve as forage fish, the brown trout and salmon fisheries appear to be doing quite well. Trout are stocked on a put-and-take basis by Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Broodstock salmon are also stocked during the winter months by both states when they are available. 


Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( miles,  minutes):
From Exit 4 of Interstate 395
  1. At the end of the ramp head west on Sutton Ave.


Douglas State Forest
       Bordering both Connecticut and Rhode Island, this popular 5,907-acre state forest offers a variety of recreational opportunities. Visitors can enjoy swimming, boating and fishing at Wallum Lake and hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling on miles of woodland trails. Facilities include two pavilions, boat ramp, swimming beach, picnic area and restrooms.
      The forest contains part of the Midstate Trail, a long-distance hiking trail that extends through central Massachusetts to Mt. Watatic in the north, runs through the forest.
       Douglas State Forest also includes a rare example of Atlantic White Cedar swampland. A 5-acre portion of this swamp is designated as a Massachusetts Wildland. It is accessible to the public via a boardwalk trail.
Douglas State Forest
State Pond Map
Buck Hill Management Area
Location and Access
       Buck Hill is located entirely within the town of Burrillville, Rhode Island, with primary access gained off of Buck Hill Road where there is a parking area. Interior roads are gated to limit vehicle access. Topographic quad maps for Thompson, CT cover this area

Habitat
         Buck Hill covers a total land area of 2049 acres. The area is composed of primarily forest land (deciduous 1815 acres, evergreen 3.2 acres), wetlands (201 acres), and agricultural lands (14.6 acres). The DFW maintains a wildlife marsh (approximately 30.7 acres) which serves to attract waterfowl, furbearers such as muskrat, and other wetland dependent birds. The DFW also maintains a series of wildlife farming fields and food plots throughout the area which are designed to increase habitat diversity and improve food and cover for wildlife.

Wildlife
         Typical game mammals found in the Buck Hill area include cottontail rabbits, white-tailed deer and furbearers such as fox, raccoon, muskrat, and coyote. Game birds found in Buck Hill include ruffed grouse, wild turkey, ring-necked pheasant, and a species of waterfowl. Ample opportunity for observation of non-game wildlife exists.

Area Map
Eleanor Slater Hospital
       In the late 1800’s, Rhode Island opened two hospitals – the State Hospital for Mental Disease and the State General Hospital— in what is now known as the Pastore Complex in Cranston. In 1905 the RI State Sanatorium opened in Burrillville to treat tuberculosis patients. The General Hospital and State Hospital for Mental Disease merged to become the Rhode Island Medical Center in 1962, with the name change to the Eleanor Slater Hospital taking place in 1994.
        Today, the Eleanor Slater Hospital System is still located on two campuses, Cranston and Burrillville. It is the state’s only Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTACH) with 284 beds and operated through the State of Rhode Island’s Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals (BHDDH). The hospital provides long-term acute and post-acute hospital level of care to patients with complex medical and psychiatric needs.
       ESH strives to provide a treatment environment in which dignity, individuality, and respect are emphasized. In addition to diagnosis and treatment, the hospital focuses on issues of recovery and quality of living. We are dedicated to working with our patients and their families using an interdisciplinary-centered approach to care. Our focus is to recognize each patient’s individuality and to provide high quality care in a dignified manner.
        There is a very active performance improvement effort at ESH. Leadership, physicians, nurses, and rehabilitative staff collaboratively review all processes associated with operations and quality of care. When needed, processes are modified or redesigned with the goal of providing even better care for our patients along with improved operations. At ESH, everyone works to provide a seamless system of care.
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