Fishing in state parks and reservoirs

Find out about freshwater fishing spots, accessibility options, and how to fish responsibly at Massachusetts reservoirs.

Freshwater fishing is a family-friendly activity you can enjoy at many state parks across the Commonwealth. Some are even stocked with trout each year.

The Quabbin and Wachusett reservoirs are popular fishing destinations that have special regulations and seasons. Be sure you know the rules before heading to a reservoir.

Find a fishing spot in state parks, forests, and reservoirs

You can fish in more than 100 state parks. Search to find which ones are near you. Most offer freshwater fishing, although some offer saltwater fishing. And before you head out, make sure you buy a freshwater fishing license.

The Quabbin, Wachusett, and Sudbury reservoirs supply drinking water. Help us preserve these resources by fishing responsibly. Make sure you review their  guidelines before you visit:

Accessible fishing

Many state parks have ramps, shorelines, and piers that are accessible to people with disabilities. Some parks have beach wheelchairs to get closer to the water. Contact the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Universal Access Program to get more information about what’s available at these locations:

Events and programs

State parks host fishing clinics and programs. You can find out about upcoming events at state parks as well as accessible events. You can also check MassWildlife’s angler education calendar to find learn-to-fish programs near you.


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