Laurel Lake

Last Updated: 10/2014
         This lake offers such a variety of fishing opportunities that virtually any angler will have fun here. Spring is the best season for trout fishing, but those who enjoy carp angling should also put this pond on their list for May or June. Bass fishing is good throughout the summer months, although it is limited almost entirely to large mouth. (The smallmouth population has been declining for many years, and it may be gone by now.) Panfish — particularly the bluegills, pumpkinseeds and bullheads — also provide excellent action and good table fare throughout the summer. Fall provides another trout blitz, while winter brings lots of ice fishing action for pickerel, yellow perch and panfish. Although the stocked trout probably attract the most fishing pressure to this lake, the best game fish in terms of abundance and large average size are the pickerel. (1998)
        Laurel Lake, which is fed by Sergeant Brook, straddles the town line between Lenox and Lee.  It’s watershed lies mostly in the two towns. Although the lake is natural in origin, a dam constructed by Schweitzer Paper Company has enhanced its size and depth.  In addition to the dam and spillway, the company controls a 12-inch intake pipe at the outlet allowing the company to adjust the water level of the lake.  The lake’s outlet stream flows south to the Housatonic River.
       The lake is accessible on the eastern shore from a boat ramp as well as from the 16-acre Edith Wharton Park owned jointly by Lee and Lenox.
Boat Ramp to North End
      The Public Access Board owns a paved ramp and large parking lot located on the southern tip of the lake. The ramp is suitable for small trailer boats, car top boats and canoes, and there is no fee to launch.
        Launch at the boat ramp and turn northwest, right.  There is a large rock and the water becomes deep.  You will pass two small coves and some houses.  The second cove is Lenox town beach at about 0.6 miles. Turn north into the small bay.
Northwest Cove
        This cove is bordered by small homes.  At about 0.7 miles, Sergeant Brook enters.  At 1.1 miles the shore turns south and becomes the Edith Wharton Park open to the public.
West Side
       Follow along the farm field.  If it is late in the day you may even see a fox as I have.  1.5 miles you will begin to pass close to Laurel Lake Road.  This dirt road is popular with shore fisherman as there is little public access other places; this road is in the town of Lenox.
Southwest to Lee Town Beach
       As you leave Laurel Lake Road shore, you will travel to the southeast along a shore that becomes more and more wooded.  High Lawn Farm owns this land.  There are two small brooks that enter here.  At about 2.2 miles, you will come upon the town beach with bathrooms, a guarded swimming area, and volleyball court.  This beach is open only to town residents.
South Point to Dam to Boat Ramp
       After the beach a wooded point of land forces travel to the north.  Again, this land is owned by High Lawn Farm.  Follow the shore around.  At 2.5 miles, you should see the end of the lake.  At 2.7 miles you will reach an earthen dam with a spillway.  The water becomes very shallow and filled with small fish.
       As you turn north, a Hotel called the Black Swan is on your right with a nice Indian restaurant.  Follow the shore past a number of homes and then back to the boat ramp.

Skill Level:            Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Total Distance:       3.0 miles
USGS Map:      Stockbridge, MA (7.5’x15’)
Launch Address:    600 Laurel St, Lee, MA 01238 (Route 20)

Boat Launch:    Paved boat lauch for all types.
Position:  42-19.47 N 73-15.69 W
Physical Features:
  • Area:                170 acres
  • Max depth:         53 feet
  • Average Depth:  26 feet
  • Transparency:    12 feet
  • Terrain Type: Wooded, Homes, Town Park & Beach
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1982
  • 14 species - Largemouth bass, chain pickerel, yellow perch, white perch, rock bass, bluegill, pumpkinseed, black crappie, small mouth bass, carp, brown bullhead, white sucker, rainbow smelt, and golden shiner. Stocked rainbow and brown trout twice a year.
Put In and Take Out: (2.3 miles, 7 minutes)
  • From US Route 90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) take exit 2 in Lee, MA.
  • At the end of the ramp turn right on to Housatonic Street.  You are now on Route 20 West.
  • Follow Route 20 west through the town of Lee toward Lenox.
  • At mile 2.3, the boat ramp and parking lot will be on your left.
State Pond Map
       This lake is known to contain Zebra Mussels.  Follow state law regarding cleaning of boats.
          In July 2009, Laurel Lake in Lee became the first -- and so far the only -- Berkshire County lake or pond to be infested with the invasive species. Zebra mussels did eventually spread from the lake downstream to Laurel Brook and the Housatonic River as far south as the Connecticut line.

Zebra Mussel Phase I Assessment
Pittsfield now offers a free boat wash!
Pittsfield Boat Wash
Clean Boat Certificate!
       The clean boat certification form is required for all watercraft at the state boat ramps listed below that were determined to be at high or moderate riskfor zebra mussel colonization. Failure to comply can result in a fine.  You can get one free at some boat launches or 

The following Northeast waters all contain zebra or quagga mussels:
       Laurel Lake, Lee/Lenox 
        Housatonic River 
CONNECTICUT - East/West Twin Lakes

VERMONT - Lake Bomoseen, Lake Champlain, Lake Hortonia

NEW YORK - Ballston Lake, Hudson River, Lake George, Mohawk River, Saratoga Lake, Saint Lawrence River, The Finger Lakes
     *many additional lakes


Clean Boat Certificate Form
Shoreline View
Plenty of Parking
Paved Boat Launch