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Details of Quabbin Reservoir

Overview of Quabbin Reservoir

Quabbin Reservoir is one of the largest unfiltered water supplies in the United States. Along with the Wachusett Reservoir and Ware River, it is the source of high quality water for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority water supply system. The 412 billion gallon reservoir covers 39 square miles with 181 miles of shoreline. Recreational activities are regulated and limited to protect 3 million people’s drinking water.

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.

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 January 21, 2019, hours are 6:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Quabbin Visitor Center

The Quabbin Visitor Center is open 7 days/week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.

Parking at Quabbin Reservoir

Parking is free at the Quabbin Reservoir except for the three Boat Launch Areas. You can reach the Administration Building and Quabbin Visitors Center through the West Gate. The Quabbin Observation Tower can be reached from the East Gate and Middle Gate.

The three Boat Launch Areas, open during the fishing season, have the following parking fees:

  • Vehicle: $6
  • Vehicle and Trailer: $8
  • Season Pass: $50
  • Seniors and handicapped visitors (with placard): Half price

Activities at Quabbin Reservoir

A couple sitting on rock ledge take in the magnificent mountain range vista

Scenic Views

The New Salem and Enfield lookouts offer magnificent views of the reservoir.
Man fishing in calm waters as dawn begins to break


You may fish by boat or along the shoreline. There are restrictions to protect the water supply. Boats are available to rent.
Ranger sharing his knowledge of the park to kids.

Educational programs

The Quabbin Visitors Center is open 7 days a week and offers many programs.

All Activities at Quabbin Reservoir

  • Running and walking
  • Fishing
  • Boating (motorized)
  • Boating (non-motorized)
  • Biking
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Hunting
  • Snowshoeing

Facilities at Quabbin Reservoir

Click here for Quabbin Visitor Center Programs Winter 2020

Restrictions at Quabbin Reservoir

All activities have restrictions to protect the water supply.  State regulations prohibit anything that could pollute the water.