Twining Lake

Last Updated: 4/2016
           Since this property was purchased by the state in 2011 no survey or published information regarding fishing.

StartFragment      The Commonwealth of Massachusetts announced May 6, 2011 the acquisition of an 843-acre parcel in Tolland that features an 81-acre lake and extensive forest habitat, and abuts a 4,000-acre existing state forest.
      The so-called Twining Lake property, a large, unfragmented interior forest, will be protected from future development. The acquisition, which greatly expands Tolland State Forest, is the largest state land acquisition since 2008.
      The department purchased 782 of the 843 acres in Tolland from Twining Lake Properties Inc. for $3 million in capital funds – significantly less than the land’s estimated value of $5 million. A conservation restriction on an additional 61 acres was conveyed to the agency at no cost, protecting the property from development in perpetuity.
      The property includes approximately 2,700 feet of frontage on the Farmington River and more than 6,000 feet of frontage on Twining Lake.EndFragment
Features of the Twining Lake property include:
  • approximately 2,700 feet of frontage on the Farmington River, one of the state's most pristine river, along its westerly boundary, as well as a few unnamed streams and wetland areas;
  • a central location in a very large forest block, with most of the property identified as interior forest habitat;
  • more than 6,000 feet of frontage on Twining Lake, a fairly shallow water body with one large island and a few small islands, which is fed by several streams and springs flowing from surrounding wetlands and marshy areas;
  • existing trails throughout the property provide pond access and wilderness-style recreational opportunities for hiking, fishing and kayaking and canoeing;
  • connected by water and adjacent to several large unfragmented parcels, representing landscape-scale conservation greatly expanding Tolland State Forest;
  • excellent habitat for a variety of large mammals, and interior forest nesting bird species;
  • four hilltops forested with a variety of hardwoods, pine and hemlock, and a stream leading from Twining Lake to the Farmington River - a fast flowing, rocky-bottomed river with excellent water quality;
  • designated as a "Critical Natural Landscape" by DFGs BioMap 2 , representing the largest, and least fragmented forests in the state.
Skill Level:            Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Total Distance:       2.5 miles
USGS Map:  Tolland Center, MA  (7.5’x15’)
Launch Nearest Address: 410 East Otis Road, Tolland MA 01034
Position:  42-08.39 N 72-30.56 W
Boat Launch: Car top launch.  Plenty of parking.
Physical Features:
  • Area:                 81  acres
  • Max depth:  (shallow)  feet
  • Average Depth:   feet
  • Transparency:     feet
  • Terrain Type: Wooded, State Park
Fish Population
   No available State information.

    Put In and Take Out: 22.2 miles, 31 min.
    From Exit 2 US Route 90 (Mass. Turnpike)  Lee
    • At the end of the ramp, at the stoplight, turn left on Route 20 East.
    • At mile 6.9, turn right onto Route 8 South toward Otis.
    • Follow Route 8 South through Otis.  You will see the Farmington River to your right along the road.
    • At mile 20.4 miles, in New Boston cross over the river and turn left onto Route 57 East.  
    • At mile 21.6, turn right onto East Otis Road.  Look for Timber Trails Camp sign.  
    • At mile 22.2, turn right into a parking area.  The boat launch is to the left of the road that goes to the southern dam.  It has large rocks to block boat trailers.
    Boat Ramp
    Entrance to the launch area
    A view from the Boat Ramp