Laurel Lake, Lee

Laurel Lake, Lee

Lenox, Massachusetts 01240

Official Website
Edith Wharton Park webpage with map

About this Location

Laurel Lake, which is fed by Sergeant Brook, straddles the town line between Lenox and Lee. Its watershed lies mostly in the two towns. Although the lake is natural in origin, a dam constructed by Schweitzer Paper Company has enhanced its size and depth. In addition to the dam and spillway, the company controls a 12-inch intake pipe at the outlet allowing the company to adjust the water level of the lake. The lake’s outlet stream flows south to the Housatonic River.

The lake is accessible on the eastern shore from a boat ramp as well as from the 16-acre Edith Wharton Park owned jointly by Lee and Lenox.

The Public Access Board owns a paved ramp and a large parking lot located on the southern tip of the lake. The ramp is suitable for small trailer boats, car-top boats, and canoes, and there is no fee to launch.

The Edith Wharton Park conservation property is owned by the Town of Lenox. It is 3.2 acres. This property is open to the public.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Roadside viewing

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

Content from Official Website and Edith Wharton Park webpage with map

Last updated November 24, 2023