Otter River State Forest
|Otter River State Forest|
|Massachusetts State Forest|
|Towns||Templeton, Winchendon, Royalston|
|River||Otter River, Millers River|
|Location||Winchendon Road (Rt 202)|
|- elevation||938 ft (286 m) |
|Area||1,022 acres (414 ha) |
|Management||Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation|
|Website: Otter River State Forest|
Otter River State Forest is a Massachusetts state forest located in the village of Baldwinville in the town of Templeton. The forest is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Otter River State Forest was the first property acquired by the State Forest Commission in 1915.
Otter River State Forest encompasses the land surrounding the junction of the Otter and Millers rivers. The property has a variety of habitats from freshwater marsh to northern hardwood stands and pine groves planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps to reforest former farmlands. In 1957, a group of campers formed the camping club called New England Campers Association, which is known today as the North American Family Campers Association. They have a brick garden there to remember their members and chapters. There is also a bench there dedicated to former NAFCA President, Roger Swallow, who passed away in 2006.
Activities and amenities
- Day-use area: The developed portion of the forest is accessed from Route 202 and is centered around Beamans Pond. Facilities include a swimming beach, ballfield, picnic areas and a pavilion for up to fifty people. The day-use area is completely handicapped accessible and includes restrooms and showers.
- Trails: The extensive trail system is used for walking, hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and dog-sledding.
- Camping: There are 85 campsites, including yurt camping. Camping season is from mid-May through mid-October. Office hours are 10 am – 10 pm.
- The forest also offers fishing, restricted hunting, and interpretive programs.
- "Otter River State Forest". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey.
- "2012 Acreage Listing". Department of Conservation and Recreation. April 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2014.
- "Otter River State Forest". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
- Otter River State Forest Department of Conservation and Recreation
- Summer Trail Map Department of Conservation and Recreation
- Winter Trail Map Department of Conservation and Recreation
- Campground Map Department of Conservation and Recreation