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Learn about the Quabbin Boat Seal program

All private boats must have a Quabbin Boat Seal (QBS) to launch on the reservoir. There are two methods of getting a seal for your boat and trailer.

The three Quabbin Reservoir Fishing Boat Launch Areas are now open for the 2020 fishing season. Only private boats with intact Quabbin Boat Seals are allowed to launch. As of June 8, vehicles can be from Massachusetts or out-of-state.  No rentals - boat, motor, canoe, or kayak - will be available. Cash or electronic payments will be accepted, as well as a 2020 Quabbin Fishing Season Parking Pass. 

In accordance with Governor Baker's order of May 6, 2020, all customers must wear face coverings when launching and retrieving boats and when interacting with DCR staff. Please be aware that check-in and launching procedures have been changed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Please follow all staff instructions.

If you had a previous boat decontamination appointment that was cancelled you will be contacted by DCR to reschedule. 

Private canoe and kayak access to Quabbin Reservoir is not allowed due to concerns with the introduction of aquatic invasive species.  Canoe and kayak rentals are located at Boat Launch Areas #2 and #3, however they are currently unavailable due to COVID-19 precautions.

Boat Decontamination program

The Boat Decontamination program uses high temperature water to completely wash the:

  • Boat
  • Motor
  • Trailer

High temperature water kills any aquatic invasive species.

Your trailer and boat will be sprayed down and the motor flushed.

No carpeting allowed anywhere on the trailer, including bunks and side rails.

This program costs $45 and is only available by appointment.

Quabbin Boat Seal Program FAQ

Quabbin Reservoir Boat Seal Schedule


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Cold Weather Quarantine program

The CWQ program is a visual inspection of your boat and trailer done during the winter.

You must clean your equipment at the end of the season and let nature take care of the rest. Freezing temperatures and dry conditions kill any aquatic invasive species.

This free program is available by appointment only.

Quabbin Boat Seal Cold Weather Quarantine Schedule

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