West Stockbridge, Massachusetts 01266
Flat Brook Wildlife Management Area
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Flat Brook Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is comprised of an extensive wetland complex, managed fields, and intermittent patches of forested swamp. The slow-flowing Flat Brook winds through the property from west to east. Extensive marshes and shrub swamps are created in backwater areas and altered by beaver presence. The flowing waters include connections between Cranberry Pond and Crane Lake eventually flowing off the property towards Shaker Mill Pond. The upland areas are dominated by old agricultural fields which are mowed annually for habitat and recreational use. The shrubby wetlands are thick and provide excellent wildlife habitats. The underlying geology of the area contributes to the productive nature of the wetlands which are home to extensive plant life. An old raised rail bed running east to west can be found in the center of the WMA.
The WMA can be accessed from Baker Street or MA-41. There is a formal grassy parking area on the east side of Baker Street that can accommodate 3 or 4 vehicles. A parking area for launching a canoe or kayak to Cranberry Pond is located on the west side of MA-41. Roadside parking is possible at additional sites along MA-41 and Baker Street.
This WMA is best experienced by canoe, kayak, or small boat. Cranberry Pond is a small but beautiful body of water where it is common to see wading birds, waterfowl, semi-aquatic mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. The area is particularly impressive when the water lilies are in full bloom. The waterway connecting to Crane Lake is easily navigable, and the backwater areas are a great place to explore aquatic botany and look for wildlife. Paddlers who follow the brook downstream can continue on to Shaker Mill Pond after leaving the property. The entirety of the water trail through the property makes this WMA a great place to visit by small boat.