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Welcome the The Grove Conservation Land!
The Grove is the perfect place for all different kinds of activities! This parcel has a combination of wooded area, water access to Ft. Meadow Reservoir and an open field. You can go for a stroll through the walking trails and sit on a bench to listen to the sounds around you. Take the family for a picnic by the water; the field is a great place for a game of catch or just relaxing and enjoying your surroundings. If you like to fish or canoe, there are plenty of places to sit and fish next to the water and a canoe access to enjoy the conservation land from a different perspective. The Grove is full of wildlife, the most impressive being the great blue heron. If you are lucky you will catch a glimpse of this enormous bird!! The Grove is a fun place to be and has many features to keep you coming back!
Unfortunately swimming at the Grove is NOT permitted because the water is not tested here and the lake bottom is not cleaned or monitored. Memorial beach across the lake is a fun and safe place to swim!!
There is canoe access at this site, however, motorized vehicles such as boats with engines and jet skis MAY NOT be launched from the canoe access point.
Rules, Regulations and Information
Conservation lands are open from dawn to dusk
Prohibited Activities: hunting, motorized vehicles, fires, littering, cutting or removing of trees or plants, camping and swimming
Recreational Opportunities: hiking, walking trails, canoeing, kayaking, picnicking, cross-country skiing, fishing
Coming from the end of I-290 in Hudson, take a right off of the 290 ramp at the "99" restaurant onto rt. 85 East. Go straight on this road until you come to Wal-mart on your left then the entrance to Assabett Regional High School a little farther up on the right. The entrance to the Grove parking lot is on your left as the road curves to the left, so you need to keep your eyes open for it. (if you go over the section of rt. 85 that has water on both sides you just passed the parking area)
Coming from Marlborough, get onto rt. 85 West (Bolton St). You will pass the Piccadilly Pub on your Right and go over a section of road with water on both sides. Just after this section of road, when the water ends, the parking area is directly to your right. (if you pass Wal-mart on your right you have gone too far)
Ft. Meadow Reservoir –How YOU can help keep the water clean!!
If you live anywhere inside the blue outlined area of the map above, that is the “bowl” or “watershed” that drains all the water within that bowl into Ft. Meadow Reservoir. Every time it rains, all storm water runoff in the area from roads, parking lots, buildings and lawns, flows untreated into Ft Meadow. Motor oil, fertilizers, pesticides, and other pollutants that end up on the road surfaces and yards will eventually end up in the reservoir, so it is the public’s responsibility to prevent these substances from ending up in our bodies of water. These pollutants cause excessive weed growth and impair water quality.
Things YOU can do to help:
· Use Fertilizers and pesticides sparingly
· Keep grass clippings, trash, and dirt off the streets and out of the gutter
· Prevent automobile fluid leaks (oil, gas, etc.)
· Wash cars on lawns so that the water and soap get absorbed or use a car wash
· Clean up pet waste and place it in the trash
· Spread the word! Our bodies of water are used by a lot of people, so the more people that help protect them, the better!
No matter where you live, all water runs downhill into the nearest stream, pond, lake or river that we use to drink, swim or fish in. We all need to do our part to keep our waters clean.
Invasive Non-native Plants
Healthy lake and pond have a delicate balance of plants and animals that work together to make a functioning aquatic ecosystem. Pollutants and invasive plants upset that balance since most native species have no way of coping with these threats. Invasive non-native plants like bodies of water with high nutrient levels, so excess runoff of things like lawn fertilizers exacerbates the problem, as they dissolve and will flow into the reservoir untreated.
The main way that invasive plants spread between different bodies of water is by hitching a ride on boats. You can help by making sure that all plant matter is removed from your boat once you remove it from the water, and dispose of it above the waterline. When removing invasive plants from boats or the water, be sure you do so completely. Small fragments from plants like Eurasian Milfoil can easily take root and start new plants, making the problem worse. For this same reason boats should avoid areas with high concentrations of invasive plants, as their propellers can chop up and spread the weeds further.