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Farmington River WMA

Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) are open to the public for fishing, hunting, trapping, hiking, and wildlife viewing.

Towns: Becket, Otis
Acreage: 1,849
Wildlife Management Zone3, 4S


The Farmington River WMA consists of mature mixed northern hardwoods including oak, maple, birch, cherry, and ash. Eastern hemlock and white pine stands are scattered throughout the area. Shrub swamps and wetlands are also common. The West Branch of the Farmington River runs through the eastern portion of the property. Mud Pond is part of a diverse bog complex known as an acidic shrub fen.

Location, access, & parking

There are no formal parking areas. Parking exists as pull-offs on Ed Jones Road, Route 8, Merritt Road, Becket Road, and Johnson Road in Otis. See WMA map.    

Note: WMAs are intentionally wild, visitors will find natural landscapes rather than maintained trails.

Habitat management

Habitat management cuts were conducted from 2014 to 2017 off of Merritt Road and Becket Road to create young forests and improve wildlife habitat.

Learn more about MassWildlife’s habitat management activities.

Hunting & fishing opportunities

White-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, snowshoe hare, black bear, river otter, fisher, American beaver, and waterfowl are abundant at this WMA. The numerous wetland areas provide excellent aquatic furbearer habitat. Recent habitat management cuts have created a diverse mix of cover and food sources for numerous game species.  The Farmington River flows through the western portion of the area and a few small streams originate on the property. MassWildlife stocks the Farmington River with trout. Go to mass.gov/trout for more information.

Hunting regulations

Freshwater fishing regulations

Wildlife viewing & other features

Occasionally, moose inhabit the area. This property provides access to the West Branch of the Farmington River and also protects a diverse bog complex.

Get wildlife viewing tips.


About Wildlife Management Areas

MassWildlife owns and manages over 220,000 acres of land to conserve fish and wildlife habitats and provide access for outdoor recreation. All WMAs are open to hunting, fishing, trapping, and other outdoor recreation activities. Visit the MassWildlife Lands Viewer for an interactive map of MassWildlife properties.

You can support land protection in Massachusetts. Contributions to the Wildlands Fund help pay for the cost of acquiring wildlife habitat. Learn more about the Wildlands Fund

Contact   for Farmington River WMA


88 Old Windsor Road, Dalton, MA 01226

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