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part ofBuffumville Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Buffumville Lake Boat Ramp
Status: Open through Sun Sep 13 2015   Season Dates


Buffumville Lake Group Shelters are located on their namesake lake in the forested hills of southern Massachusetts.

Buffumville Lake was recognized as the Project of the Year in 2000 for its state-of-the-art facilities, including BMX-style bike jumps, mountain biking trails and a 27-hole disc golf course.

Visitors can also enjoy more traditional activities like boating, fishing, hunting and hiking.

Natural Features:

The scenic 200-acre lake is surrounded by mixed forests of white pine, hemlock, red maple, alder and birch trees. Fall colors are spectacular in the region.

Wildlife, including fox, fishers, woodchucks, coyotes, hawks, and a wide variety of songbirds and waterfowl, is abundant throughout the area.


Buffumville Lake provides excellent boating, canoeing and swimming opportunities. The lake is a warm-water fishery with good populations of largemouth bass, pickerel, horned pout, bream and more.

Hikers and bikers enjoy exploring the 7.2-mile Lake Shore Trail, which begins at the beach and circles the lake. Scenic views and wildlife viewing opportunities are plentiful along the trail.

The Buffumville Lake Disc Golf Course contains 27 challenging holes that wind through the scenic project lands. The hilly terrain contains a mixture of open fairways, woods and water hazards.


This day-use area contains two group picnic areas. The Shoreline Shelter is the larger of the two and near the water, while the Grove Shelter is under the pines in the quiet and cool shade. Picnic tables and grills are provided. Unreserved shelters are available for use on a first come, first served basis.

Amenities include flush toilets and drinking water. The park offers a boat ramp, volleyball court, horseshoe pit, trails and a swim beach, making it an ideal area for parties and family functions. Park rangers provide educational programs and a Junior Ranger Program for kids age 6-12.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Picnic Areas
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Sites
  • Beach
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boat Trailer Parking
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Educational Programs
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Host
  • Lake Access
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Roads
  • Pay Phone
  • Swimming
  • Trailheads
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Water Skiing
Know Before You Go
  • Day-use only
  • Please do not use any kind of tape anywhere on the shelters.
  • Pets are not permitted on the swim beach
  • Off-road vehicles not permitted
  • No lifeguard on duty; swim at your own risk in designated areas only
  • Vehicles are prohibited beyond the parking lot
  • Anything that might change the atmosphere of the park requires approval from park staff; examples include music, weddings/receptions, cooking arrangements, etc
  • To plan special events, contact park staff at 508-248-5697
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
42.11833, -71.90778
42°7'6"N, 71°54'28"W

From the Massachusetts Turnpike, take the Sturbridge exit and follow Route 20 to Charlton. Turn right on Route 31 and follow the brown signs to the park.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

48 Old Oxford Rd
Charlton  MA  01507

Phone Number:

Information:  (508)248-5697
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