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- This page, Quabbin Reservoir, is offered by
- DCR Office of Watershed Management
- Department of Conservation & Recreation
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 March 15, 2023, hours are 6:30 am to 7:30 pm.
Quabbin Visitor Center
Sunday - Tuesday:
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.
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.
Quabbin Park gates are locked overnight. Rangers sweep the park of vehicles prior to closing each day. The right side of each gate is shut about 15 minutes before locking to prevent motor vehicles from entering but still allowing visitors to exit. Please do not enter Quabbin Park when the right half of a gate is closed.
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 Thursday to Tuesday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Closed on Wednesday.
- Education programs
- Picnic areas
- Observation tower - CLOSED due to renovations
- Boat rentals
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.
- 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
- No private non-motorized boats; rentals are available from DCR at Boat Launch Areas 2 and 3
More info for Quabbin Reservoir
Learn about the Quabbin Park Cemetery
Learn about fishing and boating on Quabbin Reservoir
- Quabbin Park Brochure
- Quabbin Park Visitor Center Loop Trail Brochure
- Quabbin Park Middle Gate to Observation Tower Trail Brochure
- Quabbin Park Suggested Hikes
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.
Click here to directly access the on-line Quabbin Reservoir Public Access Road and Trail Interactive Map.
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 Tower
- Prescribed Burns
- 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.