Friday, July 8, 2016

Whitehall State Park - Hopkinton, MA - July 5, 2016

In the marsh
Michelle and I took the Spirit II out to paddle the Whitehall Reservoir with the Blackstone Valley Paddle Club. 

At one time, Whitehall Reservoir was a water supply for areas west of Boston.  With the completion of the Quabbin Reservoir in 1939, drinking water from Whitehall was no longer needed, and the area eventually was turned into a state park. The park encompasses the 575-acre reservoir’s entire shoreline, giving it an isolated feel

By the dam
We put in at the boat ramp at the intersection of Wood Street (Route 135) and Dale Road in Hopkinton, and paddled through the marshy area at the northern end of the lake.  We then paddled to dam before returning to the boat ramp.  Blueberries are abundant along the shore, so it would be nice to come back in late July or early August.

There is also a 6-mile hiking trail that would be nice for snowshoeing.

Heading back to the take-out

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