Details of Quabbin Reservoir
Overview of Quabbin Reservoir
Hours for Quabbin Reservoir
General Hours of Operation
General restrictions allow visitors through designated gates and areas one hour before sunrise and one hour after sunset. However, this does not apply to vehicle access.
Vehicles must exit the park at the posted time. The time is posted at mid and east entrances, at the Quabbin Tower, Enfield Lookout, Hanks Meadow, and Goodnough. This time changes throughout the year. As of November 1, 2021, hours are 6:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Quabbin Visitor Center
Sunday - Monday:
8:30 am-4:30 pm
Thursday - Saturday:
8:30 am-4:30 pm
Parking at Quabbin Reservoir
Parking in Quabbin Park and at gates around the Quabbin Reservoir is free.
The Gate 30 parking area off Route 122 in New Salem, and all access to the Quabbin Reservation from this location, is closed as of July 10, 2021. The road just inside Gate 30 crosses the Swift River over a keystone bridge; DCR engineers have determined that damage to both the bridge and road make them no longer safe for public use until repairs can be completed. DCR recommends using Gate 29 on Route 202 to access this section of the Quabbin Reservation.
There is limited parking available at the main entrance to Quabbin Park. To avoid overcrowding, consider entering Quabbin Park through the Middle or Eastern entrances and parking at Goodnough Dike, Hank's Meadow, or Quabbin Tower. Click here for the DCR Quabbin Park Access Map.
A reminder to not bring your dog to Quabbin Reservoir, which is the source drinking water supply for 3 million people. Dogs are not allowed in Quabbin Park or on any other part of DCR's Quabbin Reservoir lands; dogs are also not allowed in parked cars. Click here for more information about where dogs are allowed on DCR properties.
Activities at Quabbin Reservoir
All Activities at Quabbin Reservoir
- Running and walking
- Boating (motorized)
- Boating (non-motorized)
- Cross-country skiing
Facilities at Quabbin Reservoir
- Visitor Center - Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
The Visitor Center will also be open on Thursdays beginning on September 16, 2021.
- Education programs
Quabbin Visitor Center Fall 2021 Programs
- Picnic areas
- Observation tower - CLOSED due to renovations
- Boat rentals - Boat rentals are available during the 2021 fishing season.
DCR encourages all customers to bring a Coast Guard approved wearable Personal Flotation Device (Type I, II, or III PFD or life preserver) for each member of their party. DCR will have life jackets available for those who don’t bring their own. Rental boats will be denied to anyone who doesn’t have the appropriate number of PFDs.
The shoreline fishing season at Quabbin Reservoir opens on April 17, 2021. Please practice social distancing and avoid crowds.
Restrictions at Quabbin Reservoir
All activities have restrictions to protect the water supply. State regulations prohibit anything that could pollute the water.
- No dogs
Use the following links for more information on why dogs are not allowed at Quabbin Reservoir
Quabbin Reservoir Dog Brochure (brochure)
Wachusett Reservoir Dog Waste Public Service Announcment (video)
Cleaning Up After Your Dog in a State Park (video)
- No swimming
- No grills/stoves/fires of any kind
- No alcoholic beverages
- No camping
- No drones
- No horses
- Entry and exit through designated gates or areas only
- Hunting is limited to the annual Quabbin Controlled Deer Hunt
- Cross-country skiing and biking only in designated routes
- Groups of 25 people or more require a permit.
More info for Quabbin Reservoir
- Quabbin Park Brochure
- Quabbin Park Visitor Center Loop Trail Brochure
- Quabbin Park Middle Gate to Observation Tower Trail Brochure
Be a History Detective at Quabbin Reservoir! This is a DCR Trip-Tip Itinerary. Discover three unique areas in the Quabbin Reservation that spotlight what life was like before four towns were removed to build the reservoir.
- Quabbin Reservoir Bicycle Brochure
The Division of Water Supply Protection has developed an interactive map with detailed information about public access roads and trails around the Quabbin Reservoir. There are two ways to access this map: one is an online program that is accessible from your desktop computer or mobile device’s web browser; the other is through an App you can download directly to your mobile device and use in the field. The mobile device App is recommended for use in the field.
Please see the Instructions for Using the Quabbin Reservoir Public Access Road and Trail Interactive Map for information about the mobile app.
Posters with information about various sites, facilities, and history are posted on kiosks around the Quabbin Reservoir watershed and in the Quabbin Visitors Center.
- Drinking Water System History
- Watershed Protection
- Reservoir Elevation
- The Lost Valley
- Women of the Valley
- Rabbit Run Railroad
- Quabbin Park Cemetery
- Bald Eagles
- Three Views of Enfield
- Quabbin Reservoir Watershed System Public Access Summary
- DCR Watershed Management programs
- Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA)
- History of the DCR/MWRA Water Supply (MWRA website)
- Communities served by DCR/MWRA Water Supply System
- Quabbin Reservoir Historic Photograph Collection Digital Access Project (video presentation)
Water Quality and Quantity Information
- DCR Annual Water Quality Reports
- MWRA Monthly Water Quality Reports
- Reservoir Elevation and Water Quantity Demand
Any questions please call the Quabbin Visitors Center at (413) 323-7221 or email to QuabbinVisitor.Center@mass.gov.