The Big Alum Lake Association is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization of nearly 175 member families, whose purpose is to oversee the well-being of Big Alum Lake and the surrounding watershed.  Our goal is to maintain the health and beauty of Big Alum Lake for all human and wildlife residents. 

B.A.L.A. was established to perform the following services:
* maintain a healthy lake eco-system through regular lake/
   watershed testing and monitoring
* educate residents about lake ecology and threats to water quality
* encourage a sense of community for lake residents
    * promote public safety and safeguard the pond’s wildlife
       and environment
    * monitor dam functionality and water levels as approved by
       the Town of Sturbridge

We invite you to tour this site for information about activities on the lake.

Check out the 2017 Calendar of Events!   See more on our Events page, especially our Holiday Party on January 6th.

For important information on lake matters, please read the Minutes of the August 20, 2016 BALA meeting.

Big Alum Lake Association's 2017 Meetings will be held on Saturday, July 1 and Saturday, August 19.

Visit Big Alum Lake Association on Facebook.  LIKE US and you'll always know what's going on at the lake.  E-mail pictures of the wine tasting party, the PAL gatherings, and other events to and we will post them on our Facebook page!

Take a look at our Scrapbook page, where residents have posted photos of family gatherings, wildlife sightings, and other lakeside "events."
We invite you to join in the fun by e-mailing pictures, with or without captions, to Barb LaRochelle at  
Then visit our link to see what has been happening on Big Alum!

Barb Hitchcock shared these wonderful pictures of a rainbow "touching" the lake - July 22, 2016,
and a sunset viewed from her dock. - September 2, 2016.

Photo of the lake in 1890

We invite you to visit our  History Pages!

The story of Big Alum Lake is a blend of history and legend but, most of all, it is the story of people - Native Americans, historical figures, and generations of families who have settled its shores. In our History pages, we share the writings of historians Samuel Flagg Bemis and Louis E. Roy, accounts of the Fiskdale trolley system, and the link between Big Alum's dam and the Fiskdale mills.  In addition we tell the story of Reverend John Eliot, his "praying Indian" communities, and his 1000-acre parcel at Pookookapog Pond.  Interspersed among these stories are the memoirs of residents, past and present.  Enjoy!

Business of the Month

Eric Rondina

Lose a valuable item overboard?
Line tangled around your prop?
Need underwater assistance?

I provide underwater services.  I am a military veteran and a Commercial Diver.  
Safety is my number one priority.
Call / Text anytime:  (619)200-4135

Please support the businesses that advertise on our Web site
.  Click Advertisers to find their business cards.

In Memoriam:
Winter, 2017

Carl Lyman of Woodstock, CT on Feb. 18

Grace Olson of Webster, MA, formerly of The Trail, on Feb. 25

Our sympathies to their families.


Check our Classifieds Page for
Lost and Found items.

Boating Safety Course

Sturbridge Lakes Advisory Committee (SLAC) will be sponsoring a Boating Safety Course this spring.  Keep in mind that even though this course is not yet mandatory in the state of Massachusetts, it could be very soon.  The course is free to attendees but limited to the first 50 people who sign up on the State's web site.  It fills up fast so register early.
When:  April 29, 2017 from 8:30 to 4:30
Where:  Sturbridge Host
Morning snack provided but lunch is on your own.  You may Google:  MA State Boating Safety Course, or follow the link below (Course ID is #3983):


We are offering shirts, hats tote bags, sweatshirts and pants for sale featuring our Big Alum logo.

All items come in a variety of colors and sizes. Please click on our STORE  link for more information or click below to go directly to our new shopping site where you can purchase items on your own.  
When ordering, please place the logo code AB-54108 in the "comments box" located at the very end of the checkout screen.

Help us keep Big Alum clean and weed-free.  We have posted information about phosphorus-free fertilizers and other environmentally-friendly lawn and garden care. Click here or go to the end of our Ecology Page for a link to Tips for Lake-Friendly Lawns.  

Please e-mail items for Web Page publishing to:  Barbara at

Web Page Design and Maintenance - Barbara LaRochelle
Lake photo by Lisa Dalberth

Big Alum Lake Association
P.O. Box 355
Fiskdale, MA 01518