About Cheshire Reservoir Boat Launch
The Cheshire Reservoir Boat Launch is a great place to start a boating trip on the North Basin of the reservoir. This part of the reservoir is the largest and deepest, supplying an ideal space for family-friendly canoeing, kayaking, or fishing in Western Massachusetts. Wildlife viewing is excellent on the water at all times of the year. Waterfowl, for example, are visible during their migration season. The reservoir also creates an open space for scenic views of the surrounding Berkshires, which are famous for changing color when cold weather arrives.
A paved boat ramp provides easy access to the reservoir when the weather is appropriate. A dedicated canoe and kayak launch also exists east of the boat ramp. Picnic tables are available around the parking area, making the launch a superb place for a lakeside meal.
Visitors can access the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail (a paved path from Pittsfield to North Adams) via the parking lot. This part of the trail travels through wetland habitats and along the reservoir, offering extensive mountain views. Visitors will find the trail perfect for biking, walking, wildlife viewing, or rollerblading.
Parking for the Cheshire Reservoir Boat Launch is along a small road adjacent to State Road.