Birch Hill Dam

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Birch Hill Dam

Massachusetts

(978) 249-4467

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Overview

Birch Hill Dam, located on the scenic Millers River in South Royalston, Massachusetts, offers over 4,500 acres of public land for a multitude of recreational activities. Hiking, fishing, camping, canoeing, swimming and spring whitewater releases for kayaking are among the popular activities. During the solitude of winter, visitors can enjoy cross country skiing, ice fishing, snow shoeing, and dog sledding. Bird watching enthusiasts will find seasonal migrants and territorial residents year round.

Map of Birch Hill Dam

Latitude, Longitude: 42.640778, -72.087050

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Activities

  • Boating

    Canoeing and spring whitewater releases for kayaking are among the boating opportunities at the dam.

  • Bicycling

    Enjoy cycling on the many bike paths!

  • Camping

    For the camping enthusiasts, two campgrounds, Lake Dennison (150 sites) and Otter River State Forest (100 sites) Campgrounds, are located on or adjacent to Corps property. These campgrounds are both operated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Contact the campground offices; Lake Dennison 978/297-1609, (during camping season only,) or Otter River State Forest 978/939-8962 for more information.

  • Fishing

    Hunting and fishing are permitted in accordance with Massachusetts laws and regulations. Anglers will enjoy the challenges of fishing for the stocked and native species of fish that abound in the Millers River and Lake Dennison, as well as the many smaller brooks and ponds that speckle the area.

  • Hiking

    Hiking is available on a large network of trails.

  • Hunting

    Hunting and fishing are permitted in accordance with Massachusetts laws and regulations. Hunters have more than 8,000 acres of combined federal and state land on which to hunt stocked pheasant and native ruffed grouse, ducks, turkey, and white tail deer.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic sites are available.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming, canoeing and kayaking are popular ways to enjoy Lake Dennison and Millers River.

  • Winter Sports

    During the solitude of winter, visitors can enjoy cross country skiing, ice fishing, snow shoeing, and dog sledding.

Seasonality/Weather

There are recreation activities available in all seasons, but campgrounds may be closed in winter.

Park Partners

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation operates campgrounds on site.

(877) 422-6762

Directions

Driving

Rte. 2 to exit 19, (Rte.2A/202.) Turn left off the exit, onto Rte.2A/202. Now take your first right onto Royalston Road. You will travel on Royalston Road for 4.3 miles at which point the road will end, turn left and travel 1 tenth of a mile. Turn right onto Birch Hill Dam Road. It is after the railroad tracks but before the bridge. Birch Hill Dam Road is actually the driveway for Birch Hill Dam.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(978) 249-4467

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