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 2.5 million people’s drinking water.
Hours for Wachusett Reservoir
Sunrise to sunset
Parking at Wachusett Reservoir
Parking available at several access gates around the reservoir. Do not park in front of gates.
Activities at Wachusett Reservoir
Catch a variety of fish along the Reservoir's shore.
Programs are offered at Stillwater Farm, in schools, and at locations around the reservoir.
All Activities at Wachusett Reservoir
- Running and walking
- Educational programs
Facilities at Wachusett Reservoir
- Scenic views
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
More info for Wachusett Reservoir
- Download gate map
- Download bike route map
- Wachusett Reservoir Watershed Interpretive Programs
- Wachusett Reservoir Watershed Deer Hunt
- Download watershed regulations
- Go to DCR Watershed Management homepage to find out more about the DCR/MWRA Water Supply System.