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 May 28, 2020, hours are 6:30 am to 7:30 pm.
Quabbin Visitor Center
The Quabbin Visitor Center is CLOSED to aid in the prevention of spreading COVID-19.
Parking at Quabbin Reservoir
Parking in Quabbin Park and at gates around the Quabbin Reservoir is free.
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.
Help DCR limit crowds and slow the spread of COVID-19 by respecting staff and parking signs in Quabbin Park, around the Reservoir, and on local roads.
2020 Fishing Update
The three Quabbin Reservoir Fishing Boat Launch Areas are now open for the 2020 fishing season. At this time, only private boats with intact Quabbin Boat Seals brought by a car registered in Massachusetts will be allowed. No rentals - boat, motor, canoe, or kayak - will be available. Cash or electronic payments will be accepted, as well as a 2020 Quabbin Fishing Season Parking Pass.
In accordance with Governor Baker's order of May 6, 2020, all customers must wear face coverings when launching and retrieving boats and when interacting with DCR staff. Please be aware that check-in and launching procedures have been changed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please follow all staff instructions.
Shoreline fishing is also open.
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 - CLOSED to aid in the prevention of spreading COVID-19
- Education programs
- Picnic areas - CLOSED to aid in the prevention of spreading COVID-19
- Restrooms - CLOSED to aid in the prevention of spreading COVID-19
- Observation tower - CLOSED to aid in the prevention of spreading COVID-19
- Boat rentals - CLOSED until further notice to aid in the prevention of spreading COVID-19
The shoreline fishing season at Quabbin Reservoir is now open. 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
- 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.
- Boats used only for fishing; there must be fishing tackle in the boat
- Boats can only be launched from designated boat launch areas
- All private motorized boats must have a Quabbin Boat Seal
- Boat and motor rentals are currently not available to prevent the spread of COVID-19
- No private non-motorized boats; rentals are available from DCR at Boat Launch Areas 2 and 3 - All canoe and kayak rentals are are currently not available to prevent the spread of COVID-19
More info for Quabbin Reservoir
Quabbin Park Brochures
- Quabbin Park Brochure
- Quabbin Park Visitor Center Loop Trail Brochure
- Quabbin Park Middle Gate to Observation Tower Trail Brochure
- Quabbin Reservoir Dog 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)
- Quabbin Reservoir Historic Photograph Collection Digital Access Project (video presentation)
Any questions please call the Quabbin Visitors Center at (413) 323-7221