410 Tolland Road
PO Box 342, East Otis, MA 01029
The centerpiece of this state forest, located in the rolling southern Berkshire Hills, is the 1,065-acre Otis Reservoir. The lake provides a wide variety of recreational activities. A public boat launch ramp is available, popular with fishermen seeking out trout and bass in the lake's depths.
A unique and popular destination during the summer is the campground, located on a scenic and wooded peninsula. Also available is a day-use area with sandy beach and several multi-use trails. Hunting is open (in season) for all types of game including
turkey, bear and deer.
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Things to know before you go…
• The forest is open from sunrise until sunset, year-round. A $5 fee per vehicle is charged for the beach day-use area from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day. Parking is free for ParksPass holders, vehicles with Handicapped, disabled veteran plates/placard, and seniors 62 and above with the Massachusetts Senior Pass.
• Camping season is from Mid-May until mid-October. Campground office hours are 8:30am-10pm.
• Be bear aware: Don't forget you are in Black Bear country. Never physically confront, feed, torment or throw anything at bears. Take appropriate precautions with food so as not to attract bears.
• Seasonal Interpretive Program: Available June through early-September. Call for details.
• Guarded Swimming is available at the day-use area.
• Pets are permitted except on the sandy beach area. Must be on a 10-foot maximum leash and attended at all times. Must have proof of current Rabies vaccine. Please be courteous and clean up after your pet.
• Boating: motorized boat ramp is available (day-use fee applies). Stop aquatic hitchhikers; please ensure that your boat and equipment are clean before launching.
• All Terrain Vehicles are permitted on designated trails only, from May 1 through last Sunday in November (call ahead for details). No access from campground. ATVs must be on trailer in campground. Designated parking at selected sites, refer to trail map.
• Snowmobiling is available , conditions permitting (4-inch minimum hard-packed snow base). Parking is available at the boat ramp parking area.
• Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on all state lands.
Tolland State Forest is located in the southern Berkshires
in western Massachusetts.
From the East:/Mass Pike (Rte. I-90): Take Exit 3 in Westfield. Bear right after tolls and follow Rtes. 10/202 south for 3 miles into downtown Westfield. Turn right onto US Rte. 20 west and continue for 6 miles. Turn left onto MA Rte. 23 west and continue for 11 miles through Blandford into Otis. About 0.5 mile past East Otis village turn left onto West Shore Road. Follow brown lead-in signs. Continue on West Shore Road (becomes Reservoir Rd.) for 0.3 miles. Turn left on to Tolland Road and continue for 2.2 miles to campground and day-use area entrance.
From West:/Mass Pike (Rte. I-90): Take Exit 2 in Lee. Follow US Rte. 20 east for 7 miles. Turn right onto MA Rte. 8 south and continue for 5.6 miles to Otis center. Turn left onto MA Rte. 23 east for 2.9 miles. Turn right West Shore Road. Follow brown lead-in signs. Continue on West Shore Road (becomes Reservoir Rd.) for 0.3 miles. Turn left on to Tolland Road and continue for 2.2 miles to campground and day-use area entrance.
From North or South/Rte. 8: Take MA Rte 8 to Otis. Turn onto MA Rte. 23 east and continue for 2.9 miles. Turn right onto West Shore Road. Follow brown lead-in signs. Continue on West Shore Road (becomes Reservoir Rd.) for 0.3 miles. Turn left on to Tolland Road and continue for 2.2 miles to campground and day-use area entrance.