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Wachusett Reservoir


Field Headquarters
180 Beaman St., West Boylston, MA 01505


Field Headquarters (508) 792-7806
Watershed Rangers (978) 365-3800

Details of Wachusett Reservoir

Overview of Wachusett Reservoir

Wachusett Reservoir, along with the Quabbin Reservoir and Ware River, are the unfiltered source of high quality water for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority water supply system. The 65 billion gallon reservoir covers 108 square miles with 37 miles of shoreline. Recreational activities are regulated and limited to protect 3 million people’s drinking water.

Hours for Wachusett Reservoir

One hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.

2020 Fishing Update

The 2020 shoreline fishing season at Wachusett Reservoir and Sudbury Reservoir is now closed. The 2021 season is scheduled to open, conditions permitting, on Saturday April 3, 2021.

Parking at Wachusett Reservoir

Parking available at several access gates around the reservoir.  Do not park in front of gates.

Click here for a map of Wachusett Reservoir Forest Roads and Gates.

Activities at Wachusett Reservoir

A man fishing on a pond while the sun sets.


Catch a variety of fish along the Reservoir's shore.
Stillwater Farm

Educational Programs

Programs are offered at Stillwater Farm, in schools, and at locations around the reservoir.

All Activities at Wachusett Reservoir

  • Running and walking
  • Fishing
  • Educational programs
  • Biking
  • Hunting
  • Snowshoeing

Facilities at Wachusett Reservoir

Restrictions at Wachusett Reservoir

  • No dogs
  • No horses
  • No alcohol
  • No littering
  • No boating
  • No all-terrain vehicles (ATVs)
  • No swimming
  • No fires
  • No unmanned aerial vehicles (drones)
  • Biking only on allowed routes (see Wachusett Watershed Bike Routes map)
  • Fishing in designated areas only (see fishing guide)
  • Hunting only with DCR permit (see deer hunt page)
  • Enter only through designated gates
  • Any activity that could pollute the water

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