Wallum Lake
(aka Wallum Pond)

Last Updated: 3/2018
        Wallum Lake maintains a layer of cold oxygenated water throughout the warm summer months which enables trout to holdover for multiple seasons.  While the majority of anglers will be fishing for recently stocked fish, large (5+pound) fish are occasionally encountered. Smallmouth bass can be found in abundance throughout the rocky and boulder strewn shores and are a popular game fish. Largemouth Bass are less common but typically can be caught within some of the small coves along the shores and in the shallower waters within the southern basin. Wallum Lake has produced Yellow Perch, Sunfish, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, and Tiger Trout that meet minimum sizes for recognition by the Freshwater Sportfishing Awards Program.

NOTE: Rhode Island regulations apply throughout. 

      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.
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
The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) manages a concrete boat ramp and an adjacent parking area
suitable for 30 trailers on the north shore of the pond off Wallum Lake Road.  Shore access is available in areas adjacent to the ramp and in Douglas state Forest via foot paths. There is also a boat ramp on the eastern shore off South Shore Road just over the Rhode Island border. 

A second boat ramp at the southern extreme in Burrillville, Rhode Island is also available. 

Physical Features
  • Area:            322 acres
                         138 acres in Massachusetts
                         184 acres in Rhode Island
  • Max depth:     81 feet
  • Avg depth:      28 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 ( 7.9 miles, 15 minutes):
From Exit 2 of Interstate 395 South
  1. Take exit 2 for Route16 toward Webster/Douglas
  2. At the end of the ramp turn left onto Route 16 East/East Main Street. Toward Douglas.
  3. At mile 1.5, turn left to stay on Route 16 East.
  4. At mile 5.2, turn right onto Cedar Street.
  5. At mile 6.0, continue onto Wallum Lake Road.
  6. At mile 6.9, turn right into Douglas State Forest onto Wallum Lake Park Road. 
  7. At  mile 7.9, arrive at the state boat launch.
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
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.
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

         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.

         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