Wachusett Reservoir

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

Sunrise to sunset

Parking at Wachusett Reservoir

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

Download the public access gate map for parking locations

Activities at Wachusett Reservoir

A man fishing on a pond while the sun sets.

Fishing

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

  • 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
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