Guide to Recreation in State Parks

Massachusetts state parks offer outdoor enthusiasts lots of opportunities to hike, camp, and bike, and also programs where you can learn about plants and wildlife. Find out more in this guide.

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Hunting in state parks

DCR allows hunting throughout the year at many facilities, but some have special restrictions. You should call ahead to check on any special hunting announcements or changes to guidelines. The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife oversees the state hunting program.

Find location for hunting in state parks

Hunting rules and regulations in state parks

MassWildlife Hunting Regulations

MassWildlife Hunter Education Program

Quabbin Reservation Deer Hunt

Blue Hills Deer Management Program

More about Hunting


Where to canoe and kayak

Enjoy canoeing and kayaking opportunities at many DCR locations. Rentals are available along the Charles River, Spot Pond in Middlesex Fells State Reservation, and at Hopkinton State Park.

Find locations to canoe or kayak

Paddle Boston/Charles River Canoe & Kayak rentals

Accessible boating

Adaptive kayaking, canoeing, sailing, and rowing programs are offered seasonally through the DCR Universal Access Program

Adaptive kayaking

Adaptive canoeing

Adaptive rowing

Adaptive sailing

Boat Ramps and Public Landings in State Parks

Find boat ramps and public landings in state parks

Note: All motorized boats must be registered with the Massachusetts Environmental Police, Bureau of Registration and Titling.

For more information, visit Massachusetts Environmental Police, Bureau of Registration and Titling

Where can I bring my dog


DCR welcomes dogs on-leash at most DCR parks, forests, and reservations. However, there are a number of locations where dogs are not allowed, mostly for public safety, public health, or habitat concerns or deed restriction purposes.

Guide to Dogs in DCR Parks

Dogs at Middlesex Fells Reservation

CZ-Tip - Bring Your Dog to the Beach the Coast-Friendly Way

Quabbin Reservoir Dog Brochure

Winter recreation

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