Laurel Lake

Last Updated: 4/2018
      Historically this lake has had an acidity problem, which is particularly troublesome in the spring and winter. Accordingly, the more acid tolerant brook trout are stocked in the spring.  Depending upon the pH value in the fall, rainbow trout and sometimes brown trout are stocked.  The lake also received a stocking of surplus Atlantic Salmon in the spring of 1992.  The clear water and general lack of cover does not provide spectacular chain pickerel fishing.  Most of the fishing pressure is for the trout. 
      The shoreline is about 40% developed. A state owned public beach and park are located along the southern shore. Shoreline fishing is possible only along the southern shore. Boat access is provided at the western end of the lake over a paved ramp. There is a 10 horsepower
restriction on the size of outboard motors. Recreational usage of this lake is very high in the summer, with swimming the most popular activity.
Skill Level:            Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Total Distance:      1.6 miles
USGS Map:   Mount Grace, Orange, MA  (7.5’x15’)

Physical Features
  • Area:                  51 acres
  • Max depth:         32 feet
  • Average Depth:  15 feet
  • Transparency:    19 feet
  • Terrain Type: Homes, Woods, causeway, beach
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1978
  • 6 species: The warm water fish were chain pickerel, pumpkinseed, golden shiner and brown bullhead. The cold water species were brook trout and brown trout. One brown trout in the sample collected weighed 5.6 pounds. 
State Pond Map
Erving State Forest
      This forest provides a wide variety of recreational pursuits including, boating, swimming and fishing at Laurel Lake with its beautiful, brick-lined lakeshore, camping, picnicking, hunting, horseback riding and winter sports. The woodlands are interlaced by 8 miles of forest roads and numerous trails lead to points of scenic interest.  
          Most of the 27 overnight campsites are occupied in the summer. You will find the aroma of barbecue and the laughter of children.  The generous beach area is wheelchair-accessible and there are always lifeguards on duty.  The bathhouse and five restrooms with flush toilets and showers are clean and convenient to both campers and day visitors.  Picnic tables and fireplaces abound, and there are two pavilions for group outings. Finally, there are hiking and horseback trails, but no ATVs are permitted.
Erving State Forest
Campground Map
Trail Map
The beach area is excellent and well maintained.
Laurel Lake Launch
Position: 42-37.33 N 72-22.66 W​
Boat Launch:
State Boat Ramp for all types of boats, plenty of parking.
10 hp limit on motors. 
Nearest Launch Address:
Laurel Lake Road, Erving, MA 01344
Go to the State Park Beach and then travel to the other end of the lake.  The launch will be on your right before the turn onto North Shore Road.
Put-In Directions (15.7 miles, 22 minutes):
From Interstate 91 Exit 27 - Route 2 East  
  1. Follow the ramp onto Route 2 East.
  2. Continue on Route 2 East all the way to the center of Erving.
  3. At mile13.2, turn left onto North Street. Pocket Saver Market is on the corner.
  4. At mile 14.1, turn right on Gulf Road Cross a stream and follow onto Swamp Road.​​
  5. At mile 14.7, turn right onto Laurel Lake Road. (follow signs)​

  6. At mile 15.7, arrive at on the boat ramp on the western end of the lake.​
Gravel launch area with plenty of parking. 
The boat ramp is all gravel.