Wells State Park

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Wells State Park

Massachusetts

(508) 347-9257

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Overview

Wells State Park is located on Green Bay about 30 miles south of Escanaba. Its 678 acres include a three-mile shoreline with beautiful sandy beach for swimming, a large picnic area, a modern campground and rustic cabins that are available to rent year round. The park, established in 1925, was donated to the State of Massachusetts by the children of John Walter Wells, a pioneer lumberman in the area. In addition to owning several lumber companies and sawmills, he served a mayor of Menominee for three terms beginning in 1893. Many of the park's buildings, landscaping and water and sewage systems were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and 1940s. The park is open year round, even when the campground is closed, providing opportunities for winter recreation such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing.

More than 10 miles of trails cross the property, which are for hiking only; off-highway vehicles may not be used. A popular route leads to the scenic vista at Carpenter Rocks from which the eastern section and Walker Pond can be viewed. Wells is only five miles by car from Old Sturbridge Village, a nationally-renowned living history museum of New England village life in and around 1800.

Map of Wells (MA)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.146416, -72.054727

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Activities

  • Boating

    All types of boating is allowed. There is a boat ramp accessible within the park.

  • Bicycling

    Biking is allowed only along the roads.

  • Camping

    The campground has 60 attractive sites.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is allowed. Please contact the park for information on fishing regulations and permits.

  • Hiking

    More than 10 miles of trails cross the property, which are for hiking only. A popular route leads to the scenic vista at Carpenter Rocks from which the eastern section and Walker Pond can be viewed. Wells is only five miles by car from Old Sturbridge Village, a nationally-renowned living history museum of New England village life in and around 1800.

  • Historic Sites

    During the summer, Wells has an interpretive program available which provides guided walks, hikes, recreational activities and evening campfire programs. Contact the park for a weekly schedule of events.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding is available on designated trails only.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is allowed, but has restrictions. Seasons are established yearly by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and a licenses is required. For more information, call 508-389-6300 or check out www.mass.gov/masswildlife.

  • RVing

    The campground has 60 attractive sites. Dumping stations are located in the campgrounds.

  • Water Sports

    The swimming beach is for campers' use only.

  • Winter Sports

    During the winter visitors use the park for cross-country skiing.

Seasonality/Weather

The campground office hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.. The regular camping season is from early May through mid-October.

Directions

Driving

The park is located off of Route 49 in south-central Massachusetts

From the East or West: * Follow the Mass Pike east (Route I-90) to exit 9 in Sturbridge. * Take Route20 East to Route 49. * Turn left onto Route 49 North. * Take the third left onto Walker Pond Road. * Park is located at end of access road

From Connecticut: * Take Route 84 North to Exit 3A in Sturbridge. * Take Route 20 East to Route 49. * Turn left onto Route 49 North. * Take the third left onto Walker Pond Road. * Park is located at end of access road.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(508) 347-9257

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