About Eagle Lake

Eagle Lake Wildlife Sanctuary

With everything from large red oaks to extensive wetlands, Eagle Lake supports a wealth of wildlife.

The canopy of mature forest provides nesting sites for Scarlet Tanagers, Great Crested Flycatchers, and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. The pond attracts numerous waterfowl during spring and fall migration.



Trail Mileage

2 miles
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Sanctuary Highlights

  • Many pleasant overlooks of Eagle Lake as you hike the trail.
  • The white and pink flowers of mountain laurel, which blossoms in late spring.
  • The walk along Asnebumskit Brook to admire the bright red cardinal flower in late summer and large oaks year-round.
  • Barred Owls sunning on tree branches during winter.
  • Public programs sometimes scheduled through Broad Meadow Brook and Wachusett Meadow wildlife sanctuaries.


Causeway Street, Holden, MA
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Hours & Admission

Trails: Open daily, dawn to dusk
Free, donations appreciated

Property Regulations

All of the land at our wildlife sanctuaries is protected. By conserving these open spaces, Mass Audubon, along with our members and partners, is able to fulfill its mission of protecting the nature of Massachusetts.  

  • No dog walking or horseback riding; please leave all animals and pets at home (service animals welcome
  • No walking off trail  
  • No collecting or picking natural items.  
  • No bike riding or operating motorized vehicles; day passes are available for powered mobility devices   
  • No running, swimming, or camping 
  • No operating drones or other remote-controlled vehicles   
  • No fishing, hunting, trapping, or releasing of animals   
  • No feeding wildlife   
  • No smoking