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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 2.5 million people’s drinking water.

Hours for Quabbin Reservoir

Visitor center

Sunday - Saturday:
9:00 am-4:30 pm

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

Get a Quabbin Reservoir Boat Launch season parking pass

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

Fishing

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

Facilities at Quabbin Reservoir

Services at Quabbin Reservoir

 

    Restrictions at Quabbin Reservoir

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

    Boating:

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    Additional Resources

    Any questions please call the Quabbin Visitors Center at (413) 323-7221

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