We hope this message finds you healthy and safe. Due to the coronavirus shutdown, we canceled our Annual Meeting and spring trail clean-up. The FOW board has continued to meet remotely, and we sincerely hope to be able to hold the fall clean-up and continue other FOW projects such as trail maintenance and water testing.
As many of you are aware, the lake and trails have seen an incredible increase in activity since March. The parking lot at the boat landing has been overflowing with vehicles, not only in the lot, but also on the grass areas. Streets surrounding the lake such as Wood, Winter, and Pond Streets are often packed with parked cars and trucks. While we are excited that so many people have discovered Lake Whitehall, we would like to remind users of some basic rules and regulations. There has been a noticeable increase in trash left behind on the trails and we ask you to remind people to take their trash with them. Hikers should wear masks and practice social distancing when passing or encountering other hikers, for everyone’s safety. Also, dogs should be leashed and their waste picked up and taken out.
DCR (Department of Conservation and Recreation) rules are posted at the boat landing and at the Gatehouse Parking Area on Highland St. Please observe them and remind others about the rules. For more information, see the DCR website at https://www.mass.gov/orgs/
FOW Board of Directors
Water test results from May 2019 sampling
Water run-off samples were taken from four locations around the lake. NO high phosphorous levels were found in any of these locations. Last year one of the locations did have a high phosphorus reading.
Commercial dog walkers now must have a permit to use DCR parks
Starting in 2019 all commercial dog walkers using any DCR park for their businesses MUST have an annual permit. Please click here to see more information regarding these permits and other requirements that commercial dog walkers must abide by when using Whitehall and other DCR parks.
2020 Annual Appeal Letter from our president
Click here to read the annual appeal letter from our past president.