Lake George

Last Updated: 1/2016
         In 2013, Division of Fisheries & Wildlife (DFW) said that witnesses to the fish kill reported 100's of dead fish all of the same species, white perch. Lake George experienced a similar white perch kill in September, 2012.   No other species were effected.


Skill Level:            Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Total Distance:       2.5 miles
USGS Map:  Wales, MA (7.5’x15’)
Route 19 Pull Over
Launch Address: 7 Stafford Rd Wales, MA 01081
Position:    42-03.80 N 72-13.49 W
Boat Launch:  Park on Route 19 pull over.  Walk across the road going through the break in the guard rail and launch near the outlet.

Car Top
Launch Address:  24 Union Rd, Wales, MA 01081
StartFragmentPosition: 42-03.78 N 72-13.31 W
Boat Launch: This Union Street launch is across from the cemetery. Car top boats can be launched by going through the gate at this public beach.  Parking is across the street up a dirt drive next to the cemetery. There is a portable rest room in the warm weather with parking for up to 15 vehicles.EndFragment
Launch Address:    1 Sichols Blvd, Wales, MA 01081
Position:   42-03.39 N 72-13.23 W
Boat Launch: Boat Ramp next to beach.  
Physical Features:
  • Area:                  93 acres
  • Max depth:         13+ feet
  • Average Depth:   feet
  • Transparency:     feet
  • Terrain Type: Homes, 
Fish Population
  • No State information found.
Put In and Take Out: 11.9 miles, 19 min.
From Exit 8 US Route 90 (Mass. Turnpike)  Palmer
  • After the tollbooths at the stoplight, turn right on Thorndike Street.
  • At mile 0.7, turn left at stoplight on Route 20 East, Park Street.
  • At mile 7.2, turn right onto Hollow Rd just after Hollow Brook Farm sign.
  • At mile 10.5, at the end of the road, turn right onto Haynes Hill Rd.
  • Go a short distance and merge onto Route 19, Main Street.
  • At mile 11.1, with cemetery on right, turn left onto Union Road.
  • At mile 11.8, turn right onto Sicnol Blvd.
  • At mile 11.9. at the end of the street is the boat ramp.
History of Wales
       Wales is a small upland town located at the headwaters of the Quinnebaug drainage system. It was settled by colonists from Brimfield and Springfield during the mid-18th century. Settlement of the town was late despite grants having been made to Springfield entrepreneurs as early as 1701 because the threat of Indian attack and a legal dispute over land ownership discouraged colonists. 
        The first settlers were Anthony Needham and John Bullan, who built houses in 1726 near Lake George. Their arrival was swiftly followed by the establishment of the first burial ground in 1732, the first grist mill in 1750 by Shubael Dimmick, the first tannery in 1752 by Phineas Durkee and the first meetinghouse in 1760. Unlike many other of the colonies which were primarily Congregationalist, the earliest religious society in Wales was formed by Baptists. Townspeople in Wales farmed and made shoes and boots and in the 19th century the Wales and the Shaw companies made the town an important woolen producing town. The jobs in the mills drew immigrants from Ireland and French Canada. 
      The peak population in 1880 was 1033 people, reflecting this immigration. Residents who didn't work in the mills worked in market gardens, dairy farms and woodlands as some of them continue to do in the 21st century. The town center of Wales retains a remarkable early 19th century character as a street village with several stylish brick houses and a Greek revival meeting house. Growth of the town in modern times has been in the recreational land around the Brimfield Forest and Lake George.​
History of Wales
Lake George Association
          Lake George has a Lake Association.  Most members are home owners that live on the lake. You should visit their website before visiting the lake. Make sure you read all the latest boating rules before launching a boat.​
 For more information click below:
Lake George Lake Association
State Pond Map
Route 19 Pull Over Parking
Town Beach Boat Ramp - Residents Only
Route 19 Pull Over Car Top Launch
Town Beach - Residents Only