Pelham Lake Park

Tips for Birding

Pelham Lake Park offers a variety of different birding experiences. For those in search of waterfowl, you can use a spotting scope at the town beach and follow the beach trail to get multiple vantage points of the lake. Alternatively, if you prefer roadside birding, there is a small pull off along Pond Road with a spectacular view of the entire lake. In addition to the beautiful lake, Pelham Lake Park also offers a variety of trails that can be productive for bird watching. Please see Pelham Lake Park brochure and map for more information about the wide variety of trails this park has.

About Pelham Lake Park

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In December 1955, Percy W. Brown, a longtime summer resident, gave to the town most of his real estate, comprising some 485 acres, to be maintained as a town forest, public park, and recreational area, which includes Pelham Lake and Dam, most of Adams mountain, and the Mill Pond in the village.

The town of Rowe lies roughly in the middle of the Appalachian Mountain chain, a geological feature that extends at least from Alabama to Newfoundland. The rocks of the Appalachians have been folded, faulted, heated, squeezed, and injected with molten granite, which can be seen in the rock formations along the many park hiking trails. The Adams and Todd Mountain range was often called “The South Mountain,” but Adams Mountain was presumably named for the landowner, John Adams. This mountain rises to an altitude of 2140 feet, the highest point in Rowe.

The beautiful lake in the center of Rowe, which many residents boat, fish, or swim in was almost lost in 1925. In 1925 the dam on Pelham Lake, owned and operated by the Mineral Products Company through the Foliated Talc mine, was condemned. This meant the opening of the dam gates that regulated the lake’s water flow, without this dam, there is no lake. The town voted to try and save the dam but was unable to raise the necessary funds needed. In 1927 Percy Brown acquired the Foliated Talc property and began improvements, the rebuilding of the Mill Pond Dam and Pelham Lake dam, thus restoring the lake – all to the great good fortune of the Town of Rowe.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Roadside viewing

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Last updated October 12, 2023