Where are dogs allowed?
Conservation Areas and Ecological Management & Trails Frequently Asked Questions –
Hunting, Fishing, Trapping
What are the regulations for trapping beaver?
Trapping regulations for beaver can be found at the MassWildlife - Beaver Links and Publications. Additional information on beavers can be found on the Wetlands Permitting and Regulation beaver page.
Can I relocate beavers?
Massachusetts law does not allow for beaver relocation.
I have beavers in my pond, am I going to get giardia?
Giardia is usually found in water where beavers are living, so swimming in a body of water where beavers are present is not advised.
Where can I hunt?
Hunting is allowed in season at Lawrence Swamp, Holyoke Range, Atkins Flats east of the brook, and Simmons Farm. All hunting must be conducted in accordance with Massachusetts law. Hunting is limited to shotguns, air-guns, and archery – the use of rifles of any caliber is prohibited. All spent shotshells shall be retrieved and carried out. Hunting is prohibited within 150 feet of the Norwottuck Rail Trail. Under state law, hunting is prohibited on Sundays. Discharging a firearm or releasing an arrow is prohibited within 500 feet of any residence in use or within 150 feet of any paved road. Only unloaded shotguns, air-guns, and bows may be carried on or within 150’ of the Rail Trail.
Where can I fish?
Fishing is allowed in conservation areas, in accordance with Massachusetts law. Do not alter wetland areas. Avoid damage to banks and stream beds. A fishing license is required; the limit is three (3) trout per day. Anyone over fifteen (15) years old is required to have a license.
Conservation Areas and Ecological Management & Trails Frequently Asked Questions – Conservation Area Use
When are trails open?
Trails are open from dawn until dusk.
Where can I park?
See individual conservation area maps for parking areas.
What trails are easiest for limited abilities?
The Kevin Flood Trail – Puffer’s Pond; the Kevin Chase Dimock Trail – Larch Hill.
Where is a good place to go with more than four people?
The Kevin Flood Trail – Puffer’s Pond, The Kevin Chase Dimock Trail – Larch Hill.
What does poison ivy look like?
Poison ivy is a vine with three leaflets. When growing on trees the vine has hairy brown rootlets. A good reminder is – leaves of three, let it be! (See picture on the right.)