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
Public Access Permits:
Public Access Plans:
- 2018 Quabbin Reservoir Watershed System Public Access Plan Update
- Ware River Watershed Public Access Management Plan Update (2010)
- Wachusett Reservoir Watershed Public Access Plan Update (2011)
- Sudbury Reservoir Watershed System Public Access Plan Update (2010)
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