Access to the Housatonic River south of the Mass Pike, just before the river bends west on its way through South Lee
Property Name: Housatonic Fishing Access
(aka: Housatonic Fishing Access And Polatnik)
Activities: Fishing, bird-watching
Special features: Access to the Housatonic River
Hiking difficulty: Intermediate — no trails; moderate terrain
GPS: 42.2851, -73.2393 (frontage)
With the Town of Lee and the Housatonic Valley Association, this access point gets you into the Housatonic River easily. Bring your fly rod or a canoe!
Across the River lies a small chunk of floodplain forest, a habitat that is very scarce in the Housatonic River. Currently MassWildlife is funding restoration efforts here: we hope to remove most of the non-native, invasive plants in order to re-create a natural forest.
From the intersection of Route 102 and Tyringham Road in Lee (the traffic light at the Big Y): 0.75 miles south on Tyringham Road to the gravel pull-off on the river-side of the road.