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Herman Covey WMA and McLaughlin Trout Hatchery
The Quabbin Reservoir feeds cold, clear water through Winsor Dam, thereby forming the swift River. Once south of Route 9, much of the river is part of the Covey Wildlife Management Area. In addition to the river frontage, the area is made up of beaver ponds, mixed hardwood forests, and open mea...
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Tully Lake, Otter River State Forest, and Birch Hill WMA
Description: Multiple state and federal agencies combine to protect more than 20,000 acres of lakes, rivers, wetlands, and uplands offering an array of wildlife viewing and recreational options.

Wildlife to Watch: Tully Lake and secluded Long Pond are prime sites for viewing ravens, minks, wood ducks, and tree swallows via hiking trails or canoe. The nearby Birch Hill Wildlife Management Area and adjacent Otter River State Forest and Lake Dennison Recreation Area are home to beavers, gray foxes, fishers, and a growing moose population.

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Ownership: Tully Lake, USACE; Otter River and Lake Dennison, DEM; Birch Hill WMA, DFW 
Size: 20,000+ acres 
Closest Town: Athol

Facilities:
RestroomsParkingFishingCross Country SkiingHikingPicnic tablesHuntingSmall BoatsBicycling

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:
SpringSummerFallWinter

Bull Moose - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
From Route 2, follow Route 32 north to Athol. Continue for 3.5 miles beyond Athol to the Tully Lake office on the left. For Birch Hill, Otter River, and Lake Dennison, take Route 2 to exit 20 for Baldwinville Road. Follow Baldwinville Road north to Route 202 in Baldwinville. Follow Route 202 north through Baldwinville to respective site entrances on left.

For more information call Tully Lake, USACE (508) 249-2547; Otter River and Lake Dennison, DEM (508) 939-8962; Birch Hill WMA, DFW (508) 939-8977.

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Tully Lake, Otter River State Forest, and Birch Hill WMA : Wildlife Viewing Area