Tully Lake​​

Last Updated: 3/2018
        From a fisheries standpoint, Tully Lake appears to be very good. Excellent cover in the form of rocks, vegetation and tree stumps characterize the numerous small coves. The biggest limiting factor appears to be a very limited productivity potential due to extremely soft water. However, bass are present, and although few lunker bass were observed during the survey, the difficulty of sampling stump-laden coves might, in part, account for this. If you can get your bait, lures or plugs around and especially under some of these bassy areas, it should prove productive.
      Chain pickerel are growing extremely fast and were abundant throughout the lake. Needless to say, they will strike virtually anything passed their way and put up a worthy fight. They should also provide some excellent ice fishing action.  


      This reservoir operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers resulted from the damming of the East Branch of the Tully River.  This is a soft water, low fertility, and dark watercolor. 
       Tully Lake Recreational Area is a 1,262-acre reservoir and flood control project constructed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in 1949 for 1.6 million dollars. The project prevents flooding of the greater Connecticut River and Millers River valleys and provides a variety of recreational opportunities, including a campground operated by The Trustees of Reservations. Tully Lake is an important link in the 22-mile Tully Trail.

         If you are looking for a great place to kayak/canoe/paddle board then this is an amazing place.  The very few motorboats cannot have more than a 10 hp motor.  This means they are probably on this lake for fishing only making this a real paddlers paradise.
         If you do not own a boat, no problem!  Drive directly to the campground and rent one of nearly 100 kayaks and canoes.  The Trustees of Reservation have guided paddles for as little as $21.00 for non members.  Some of these paddles are after work on weekdays so that you can escape in the middle of your work week.  They even have moonlight paddles too.

Skill Level:  Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    2.5 hour or more
Distance around lake:       6.6 miles
Distance up river and back to Long Pond: 4.2 miles

Nearest Address:  
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Position: 42-38.60 N 72-13.34 W 
 USGS Map: Royalston, MA
Access is provided at a gravel boat ramp just off road on north side as you cross over the river.  

Nearest Address:  
25 Doane Hill Rd, Royalston, MA 01368
Position: 42-39.05 N 72-12.50 W 
Access is provided directly off Rt. 32 via a formal gravel boat ramp. Plenty of parking is available in the immediate vicinity of the ramp and picnic area.  

Physical Features:
  • Area:                214 acres
  • Max depth:         10 feet
  • Average Depth:    6.5 feet
  • Transparency:      4.5 feet
  • Terrain Type: Wooded
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1990
  • 11 species:  Gamefish present include largemouth bass, chain pickerel, and a sprinkling of trout which find their way into Tully Lake from up-river stocking sites and Lawrence Brook. Yellow perch, black crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, and pumpkinseeds compose the resident panfish, while white suckers, golden shiners and chubsuckers compose the remaining species present. 

Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 14.0 miles, 24 minutes):
From Exit 9 Sturbridge of the Massachusetts Turnpike (Rt. 90)
After the tollbooths, head southwest on I-84.
  1. At mile 0.8, take exit 3B to merge onto Route 20 West toward Route 131/Sturbridge/Palmer.
  2. Travel through Sturbridge and at mile 3.2, turn right onto Route 148 North/Brookfield Road.
  3. At mile 10.8, turn left onto Route 9 West/East Main Street.
  4. At mile 13.6, at stop light, turn right onto Cottage Street.
  5. At mile 13.9, turn right onto Lakeview Ave.
  6. At mile 14.0, turn left at brown boat access sign into the Town Beach and Boat Ramp area.

       The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites you to come relax at Tully Lake. There are a variety of outdoor recreation activities for you and you family. Although the dam was built primarily to reduce flood damages on the Millers and Connecticut Rivers, the 1,300-acre reservoir area provides a place for you to get away from it all and connect with nature.

Natural Features:
      The 1,262-acre Tully Lake property is managed to sustain a healthy ecosystem for future generations. The thriving biodiversity of the Tully River Valley and the interconnections of our forests, wetlands, waters, and wildlife are valued and managed for the long term. Tully Lake is home to a wide variety of wildlife, from tiny insects and song birds, to large mammals such as deer and moose. Fifty-five percent of the reservoir area is wetlands, providing habitat for fish, waterfowl, song birds, insects, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals such as beaver, mink and otter. The rest of the property provides habitat for upland species such as deer, coyote, fisher, owl, fox, raccoon, skunk, porcupine, rabbit, and squirrel. The forest within Tully Dam's reservoir area is composed primarily of white pine, providing habitat for owls and woodpeckers, red-tailed hawks, and white-tailed deer.

      Tully Lake offers many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Activities in and around the lake include mountain biking, camping, disc golf, hiking, picnicking, boating, and fishing and hunting in the appropriate seasons.

         The Tully Lake Pavilion is located in the recreation area and offers picnic tables and grills, a small playground for young children, volleyball court, and a horseshoe pit. Bathrooms are provided, but there is no running water.

For more information and reservations click the campground button: 
State Pond Map
Tully Lake Campground
Trustees of Reservations

       Tully Lake Campground is your close-to-home wilderness getaway! A tent-only campground set along the shores of a 200-acre lake in Royalston Massachusetts, Tully Lake Campground showcases the best of New England outdoor recreation. Paddle up the picturesque Tully River, or explore the islands and inlets on the lake. Hike to tranquil overlooks and roaring waterfalls, or mountain bike the 7.5-mile loop around Long Pond. Fish off the campground banks or lounge in the refreshing shade of towering pine trees.
           Feeling adventurous? You can even plan a two-day trip on the 22 mile Tully Trail loop, or practice your geocaching skills. A horseshoe pit, volleyball net, cornhole board, and a nearby disc-golf course round out the family fun at Tully. But don’t wait to reserve, this campground fills up quick!
  • Tent-only campground offers a unique getaway in Royalston, Massachusetts.
  • Choose from inland and waterfront campsites. We have carts available for hauling your gear to your site (note: no vehicles are allowed on site).
  • Bring the entire family – we offer family-oriented programs throughout the season.
  • Dogs are welcome, as long as you bring a copy of their rabies vaccination and keep them on-leash only, please.
  • Relax by the water or get out on it: Rent canoes, kayaks, fishing poles, GPS, or disc golf equipment.
  • Centrally located bathhouse with flush toilets and coin-operated showers available for guest use.

For more information and reservations click the campground button: 
Trail Map