Play in Devens

Hiking. Biking. Fishing. With over 1,700 stunning acres to explore and enjoy, Devens is the ideal playground for outdoor enthusiasts of all types. Connect to the power of nature in a place like no other.

Activities

Biking

Get rolling in Devens on miles of dedicated bike lanes that take you down tree-lined streets, past historic landmarks, and around public parks.

Bird-watching

The natural surroundings in Devens are a delight for bird-watchers. The Nashua River Valley is also designated under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan as a significant habitat for migratory birds.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Visitors can stop by the Bill Ashe Visitor Center and drop their own canoe or kayak at the Bill Ashe Canoe/Kayak Dock on the scenic Nashua River. Mirror Lake is a favorite spot for canoe, kayak, and paddle board adventures.

Explore Devens' History

The Fort Devens Museum offers an opportunity to learn about our history and celebrate some of the men and women who have served this nation. Follow the Guide to the Monuments of Devens to pay tribute to our veterans, relearn history, and appreciate the natural surroundings of Devens.

Field Sports

Each year, hundreds of baseball, softball, and lacrosse games and soccer matches take place in Devens. Let us know if you want to lease space for your next sporting event or friendly competition. View available fields.

Fishing

Anyone with a Massachusetts Fishing License can drop a line at Mirror Lake or Robbins Pond, or choose a spot on the Nashua River for an afternoon of enjoyment.

Golf

The 18-hole Red Tail Golf Club is a leader in sustainable design and was designated the first Audubon International Signature golf course in New England.

Devens is home to not one but two Professional Disc Golf Association disc golf courses. Toss your golf disc from tee to target at The Commander or The Hill.

Hiking & Walking

Devens is full of trails for hiking and a variety of walking routes. Ease your stress level by spending time in Devens’ green space, woodlands, and parks.

Ice Skating

During the winter a public Ice Skating Rink is constructed on Rogers Field. The rink is open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. each day, pending the weather and the cost is free. Participants must bring their own skates and are encouraged to check the Devens Recreation Facebook page for new information on openings and closings. View 2021 Rules & COVID-19 Regulations

Indoor Fitness

Whether you are an avid gym-goer or new to the workout scene, Anytime Fitness can accommodate your schedule and offer specialized training.

Open Space

Open Space accounts for approximately 1,700 acres in Devens and is part of a larger regional matrix of protected land, floodplains, and wetlands extending along the Nashua River Valley. One of the objectives of the redevelopment of Devens is to protect this environmentally sensitive area.

Black Spruce Bog is an ecological formation composed of a vegetated floating mat surrounded by a moat. This environmental feature is very uncommon and can be found to the southeast of Mirror Lake.

Little Mirror Lake is located to the east of Mirror Lake and is also protected by preservation restrictions. Active and interesting wildlife exists throughout the area.

Mirror Lake is an example of a kettle hole - a deep pond that formed when the last glacier to cover New England slowly melted away. Visitors are welcome to swim, picnic, boat, canoe, or fish during the regular season. A boat ramp is located at the end of Mirror Lake Road and electric trolling engines are allowed. Parking is available in designated areas.

Robbins Pond is a shallow pond known more for its plant life. The area includes a walking trail and provides a great spot for picnics.

The Eskers are steeply sloped land formations created from stream beds that ran within ancient glaciers. This long, narrow ridge densely vegetated with trees and smaller vegetation helps prevent erosion.

The Nashua River connects the northern and southern entrances of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, with the northern boat launch located in Devens.

Swimming

Mirror Lake’s beachfront is open to the public from late June through the end of August. Kids can enroll for swim lessons taught by qualified American Red Cross instructors. Season passes are available, or you can pay an entrance fee for the day.

Mirror Lake Season Pass Form

Yoga & Wellness

Dragonfly Wellness Center offers class instruction in all aspects of wellness for the body, mind, and spirit, including yoga, tai chi, nutrition, meditation, mindfulness, reiki, Pilates, and more.

Devens Recreation

Devens Recreation manages fun and entertaining programs for local residents and visitors and oversees field and facility rentals for athletic and cultural events. All fields are natural grass with access to portable toilets, trash and recycling receptacles, and remote parking.

Antietam Field

Antietam Field

A regulation-size athletic field for lacrosse and soccer with a separate area for practice and free WiFi.

Size: 5 acres

Bob Eisengrein Community Center

Bob Eisengrein Community Center

Located on historic Rogers Field and available for community events only. 

Museum Field Complex

Museum Field Complex

A flexible space that allows for two, full-sized athletic fields (lacrosse, soccer) in a configuration best suited to the user’s needs. Includes an outdoor kids playground.

Size: 9 acres

Rogers Field

Rogers Field

A 44-acre former military parade field that is an excellent location for camps, events, and sporting competitions. The irrigated area has room for up to 11 playing fields for lacrosse and soccer with power stations and free Wi-Fi.

Size: 31.5 acres

Willard Field Complex

Willard Field Complex

The area contains three softball fields (one with lighting) with bleachers and dugouts; one multiuse, regulation-size field for lacrosse and soccer; and three adjacent, irrigated playing fields (11v11, 8v8, or 6v6).

Size: 21.5 acres

Devens Recreation Department

Hillary Andrews, Recreation/Events Coordinator
99 Buena Vista Street, Devens
Cell: 617-894-2305

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