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DCR Watershed Public Access Rules and Information

Learn about the public access rules and regulations for DCR water supply watersheds.

Public Access and Drinking Water Supplies

Public access on DCR drinking waters supply property is carefully regulated and controlled to protect the source drinking water for 2.5 million people.

Public access to and recreational use of drinking water supply lands and surface water supplies are complicated topics. Human activity on or near source waters serve as potential routes for the introduction of disease causing agents, so managers of drinking water must exercise caution when considering policies for recreation on water supply lands.

The DCR describes its public access policies in Public Access Plans for the Quabbin Reservoir Watershed(2017), the Wachusett Reservoir Watershed (2011), the Ware River (2010), and the Sudbury Reservoir Watershed (2010).  These Public Access Plans are based on state and federal regulations and are developed with input from citizens, recreation organizations, local officials, and other state and federal agencies.

Public Access Rules

Additional Information

Contact Information

Quabbin Visitors Center                                       Wachusett/Sudbury Rangers
485 Ware Road; PO Box 628                               506 Wilson St.
Belchertown, MA 01007                                       Clinton, MA 01510
(413) 323-7221                                                    (978) 365-3800