DIRECTIONS to ONOTA LAKE in PITTSFIELD, MA

The finish line and launch area is located in Burbank Park along the eastern shore of Onota Lake.

When entering Burbank Park follow signs to the right towards the North Parking lot: Controy Pavilion, Beach and Bath House. A large parking lot is located at the end of this drive where cars may be parked as well as visiting trailers. Docks will be provided from the beach for visiting crews to launch from. This parking area is directly adjacent to the Finish Line of the Williams College Crew - South to North 2000-Meter Race Course.

FROM THE SOUTH:  On Mass Pike, take Exit 2 at Lee and head north on routes 7/20 until it becomes only Route 7. Follow route 7 North up to, into and through the city of Pittsfield. You will take the Route 7 bypass, which parallels the main street through town. Eventually you will pass Tyler Street (Route 9) and then Berkshire Medical Center on your left. Go through a light and up small hill. At crest of hill, or just before, take Pontoosuc Street on your left. This is an easy swing turn but the road is a steep downhill so be ready with your trailer.

Proceed down Pontoosuc until reaching a stoplight at Wahconah Street. Pontoosuc becomes Peck’s Road at this intersection. Continue straight across until reaching the next set of lights. Highland Avenue is on the right and Valentine Road is on the left. Turn left onto Valentine Road. Go a little over a mile looking for signs to Burbank Park on your right. Turn right into main drive to Park, then look for signs to North Lot, a right fork.

FROM THE WEST:  Get yourself onto Route 20 East towards Pittsfield. You can do this from I-90 at the Route 22 exit and head north into New Lebanon, NY until intersecting Route 20. On Route 20 go into Massachusetts, past Hancock Shaker Museum and Route 41 on your right. From Route 41 it is about 1.6 to 1.7 miles to the left hand turn onto Hungerford Road. You will pass Kim’s Dragon Restaurant (Vietnamese), and a Stoneworks company. Hungerford is also noticeable as it is the turn towards the hospital, Pittsfield State Forest and Berkshire Community College. Signs in Blue, Brown and Green denote these three locations.

Follow Hungerford a short distance. It swings to the left and goes under a railroad bridge. There is plenty of room. We’ve done it many times with a fully loaded trailer. You are now on Forthill Road. Follow Forthill to the end. Turn right onto West Street. Go to first set of lights at Valentine and West — turn left. Go up slight hill and just past Taconic High School (right side) then turn left into Burbank Park. Look for North Parking lot sign and proceed to finish line lot.

FROM THE EAST:  Follow Route 9 into Pittsfield, going past Route 8 and staying with Route 9, which becomes Dalton Ave. and then eventually Tyler Street. At intersection of Route 9 (Tyler) and Route 7 North/South (First Street) turn right.

Go past Berkshire Medical Center on your left, through a light and up small hill. At crest of hill, or just before, take Pontoosuc Street on your left. This is an easy swing turn but the road is a steep downhill so be ready with your trailer. Proceed down Pontoosuc until reaching a stoplight at Wahconah Street. Pontoosuc becomes Peck’s Road at this intersection. Continue straight across until reaching the next set of lights. Highland Avenue is on the right and Valentine Road is on the left. Turn left onto Valentine Road. Go a little over a mile looking for signs to Burbank Park on your right. Turn right into main drive to Burbank Park, then look for signs to North Lot, a right fork.

FROM THE NORTH:  Follow Route 7 South past Lanesboro and past Pontoosuc Lake (on your right). Go through lights at Hancock Road at the end of Pontoosuc Lake where the dam is. Continue about 1.2 miles further. Just after Domino’s Pizza on right, veer right onto Wahconah Street off of Route 7. Follow Wahconah to a four-way traffic light at intersection of Wahconah and Peck’s Road. Turn right onto Peck’s Road. Continue for about 1 mile on Peck’s Road until reaching the next set of lights. Highland Avenue is on the right and Valentine Road is on the left. Turn left onto Valentine. Go a little over a mile looking for signs to Burbank Park on your right. Turn right into main drive to Burbank Park and look for signs to North Lot, a right fork.

BOATHOUSE LOCATION:  The Boathouse is located on Peck’s Road past the intersection of Lakeway Ave. and Peck’s Road. One must past Porter Square shopping area, a large double billboard on right, then the Sportsman Bar on your left and then the brightest painted blue house with maroon trim and Onota Lane. Turn left into Onota Lane and follow to end. This is a small driveway and we have neighbors whose privacy we must respect. Please do not come into this area unless absolutely necessary. If you pass the Onota Boat Livery you have missed Onota Lane.

Boathouse number: 413-443-9851
Coach's cell number:  413-441-2483


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