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Description - Almost 500 acres of land and 200 acres of water comprise the natural environment at Buffumville Lake. On the western side of the lake, red oak, white oak and hickory are commonly found. The east side of Buffumville Lake supports white pine and hemlock. Other species often sited along the lake's edge are red maple, alder, and birch as well as other common wetland plants. Deer, rabbits, geese, raccoons, fox and a variety of songbirds are some of the wildlife species inhabiting these natural areas. The lake is a warm-water fishery, with good populations of largemouth bass, pickerel, horned pout, bream and numerous other fish species.

Attractions - In addition to the nature walks on the Lake Shore Trail, special interpretive programs on the cultural and natural environment, water resources, water safety and flood control are provided by Park Rangers. Tours of Buffumville Dam are also available, as well as a Junior Ranger program for the younger folks. See the Calendar of Events for the latest schedule of interpretive and other special programs.

Recreation - The outdoor sports enthusiast can hunt, fish and boat at Buffumville Lake. The public is invited to participate in our annual Family Fishing Day at Buffumville Beach each June.

Climate - Massachusetts experiences four distinct seasons with slightly varying temperatures in the inland and coastal regions. Along the coast the water is a moderating factor that often prevents large amounts of snowfall from accumulating through the winter. Summer temperatures are usually cooler than low lying inland areas, due to ocean breezes. This region of the country experiences high humidity in the summer season and temperatures that average close to 80 degrees F. Fall and Spring are pleasant times to visit the region with crisp air and low humidity. Brilliant foliage colors can be found in the central and western regions of the state in late September and October. Winter temperatures can be brutally cold on occasion with a humidity-filled wind, but on average winter daytime temperatures reach 35 degrees F and lows reach into the teens. Spring is usually the wettest time of year, but trees, bushes and flowers are blooming by early May.

Location - From Interstate 395, take Exit 4B Oxford center. Continue straight for 3 miles to Buffumville Park. The Buffumville Lake office is on Old Oxford Road (Buffums Dam Road), 2 1/2 miles from the Interstate. From the Massachusetts Turnpike, take the Sturbridge exit and follow Route 20 to Charlton. Take a right onto Route 31 and follow the signs to Buffumville Lake.

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Report: I took my canoe onto the lake from the Oxford road and quietly paddled past the dam, heading for the small river that feeds the lake. I was there late in the afternoon so I could see some wildlife near sunset. There is a good sized island 3/4 of the way up the lake that had a few picnic sites. At the end of lake I came to a marshy area and made the effort to paddle through the shallow spots, I came to a great beaver dam and hauled the canoe up and over the dam to paddle around the beaver pond. It was not really navigable but I kept going to see a great beaver lodge, where one of the beavers slapped his tail on the water to warn of my presence. On the way back I was paddling so quietly a muskrat came up in front of me and didn't realize I was there. A great day, I'd go again.

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Contact Information:
Buffumville Lake, P.O. Box 155 , OXFORD, MA, 01540-0155, Phone: 508-248-5697

Additional Information:
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Buffumville Lake - Official Agency website


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