Description - Littleville Dam is operated in close coordination with nearby Knightville Dam which is located on the East Branch of the Westfield River. Together, these two dams reduce flooding along the Westfield and Connecticut Rivers.
In the April of 1987, the combination of melting snow and heavy rains caused the flood waters to rise 53 feet behind the dam, filling Littleville Lake to 90% of its capacity. Littleville Dam prevented an estimated $11 millionion flood damage to downstream communites during this one storm event.
- The 1,567 acre park offers visitors many opportunities to enjoy a variety of outdoor recreation activities.
Situated in the scenic Berkshire Hills, hikers and sightseers can enjoy wandering along the old cart roads that run on both sides of the lake. During the fall foliage season, Littleville Lake and nearby areas provide leaf peepers with many scenic vistas.
Every spring, water releases at Littleville Lake are coordinated with those from nearby Knightville Dam to provide challenging flows for the annual Westfield River Wildwater Canoe Races.
The Huntington Access Area provides a boat ramp and parking area for easy access to the lake for fishing. Motors, however are limited to a maximum of 10 horsepower. Canoes may be launced at the upper end of the reservoir in the Dayville Area.
A small picnic area with tables is available just below the dam.
Recreation - Swimming and camping are prohibited at Littleville Lake because the lake serves as a backup water supply reservoir for the city of Springfield, Massachusetts.
Ice fishing, cross country skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing and sledding are very popular during the quiet and serene days of winter.
Littleville Lake is a favorite spot for fishermen all year round. trout, bass, yellow perch and smelt are major species found in the lake. Hunting and fishing are permitted in accordance with posted restrictions and Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife laws.
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.
From Westfield, travel west on U.S. Route 20 to Huntington, then north on Route 112 about 1 mile to Littleville Road, take first right onto Goss Hill Road.
From Northampton, follow Route 66 to the end, turn left on Route 112, drive about 2 miles and turn right onto Littleville Road, take first right onto Goss Hill Road.