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. 

Note: Some parks charge for parking. Check the web page of an individual park for a list of fees. If you plan to visit often, consider buying a ParksPass.

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

You can find a variety of accessible fishing spots in Massachusetts State Parks. Accessible fishing spots can be accessible piers, docks, or natural shorelines. Contact the park for fish stocking and seasonal information.

Accessible docks and piers

Carson Beach, South Boston: An accessible fishing pier close to an accessible picnicking area with views of Bostonin a scenic area. Public transportation is available.

D.A.R. State Forest, Goshen: 3 accessible fishing docks are provided on Upper Highland lake. An accessible parking area and accessible trail are near the docks.

Dunn State Park, Gardner: 2 accessible fishing piers are provided. One pier is near the visitors center and beach, and the other is across the pond by Betty Springs Road.

Hopkinton State Park, Hopkinton: An accessible dock is provided.

Mt. Tom State Reservation, Holyoke: 2 accessible wooden fishing piers are located on Lake Bray. One pier is out in the open and has a bench, while the other is in the woods off of the accessible trail.

Nickerson State Park, Brewster: Fisherman's landing offers an accessible fishing pier.

Quinsigamond State Park at Regatta Point, Worcester: Fish from the accessible promenade.

Scusset Beach State Reservation, Sandwich: An accessible saltwater fishing pier is located on the Cape Cod Canal.

Accessible shorelines

Hampton Ponds State Park, Westfield: An accessible natural shoreline, with accessible parking along the shore.

Quabbin Reservation, Belchertown: Gate 8 has an accessible ramp for shore fishing, with accessible parking and an accessible portable toilet provided nearby.

Additional Resources for Accessible fishing

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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