Westville Lake Recreation Area is a popular outdoor recreation area that lies just outside downtown Southbridge, Mass.
The area includes a three-acre athletic field enjoyed by softball and soccer enthusiasts as well as the occasional kite flyer. Several picnic tables and grills are situated throughout the recreation area. Two large picnic shelters accommodate group gatherings and can be reserved for a fee. The picnic shelters have multiple tables, two large grills, electrical outlets, and a wonderful view of the lake and dam.
Anglers can find an abundance of warm water fish in the lake including large-mouth bass and panfish. The State of Massachusetts stocks the Quinebaug River above the dam with trout creating a popular fly-fishing location. For boating and canoeing enthusiasts, two boat launches provide easy access to the lake and the slow-moving portions of the river.
During the winter months, though the entry gates are closed, the recreation area remains a popular destination due to its offering of ice skating, sledding, and cross-country skiing.
Photographers, hikers, and bird watchers relish the undeveloped land at Westville Lake. The old Grand Trunk Railroad parallels the Quinebaug River and is a popular walking trail. Old Mashapaug Road and the Hobbs Brook Area are also appreciated by outdoor enthusiasts.
There are more than three miles of trails at Westville Lake. Terrain varies from the flat rail bed of the Grand Trunk to rolling hills of the Community Trail. No motorized vehicles. Open to cross-country skiers and snow shoes in winter and open year round.