Quabbin Reservoir Regulations and Facility Information

Find out about the regulations and facilities information for fishing on the Quabbin Reservoir.

Watershed Regulations

Prohibited:

  • No boating beyond marked limits
  • No lead fishing sinkers, weights, or jigs
  • No landing of boats on shoreline or islands except at designated areas.
  • No swimming or wading
  • No dogs or other animals
  • No feeding wildlife
  • No camping
  • No fires
  • No alcoholic beverages
  • No drones (UAVs)
  • No disposal of materials in the reservoir or reservation
  • No acts that pollute the water supply
  • No pontoon boats, inflatable boats or sailboats

Violations of DCR/DWSP Regulations are punishable by fines up to $50,000 or by imprisonment for not more than one year.

Rule violations may result in loss of fishing privileges (313 CMR 11.09(2)(b)7.)

Additional Resources for Watershed Regulations

Rest Room Facilities

In order to address sanitary concerns for the fishing program, the DCR has placed temporary rest room facilities at sites throughout the Quabbin Reservation. These sites are marked with white buoys in the water near the landing areas. Please protect Quabbin's water by using the facilities and obeying the following regulations:

Portable toilets are marked with white buoys.
Beaching is permitted between the signs, only at designated sites for restroom facility use only (see Quabbin Reservoir Fishing Map ).
Ten-minute limit per boat.

Prevent the spread of aquatic invasive plants

Aquatic invasive species can be spread from one water body to another in boats and trailers, and on fishing equipment.  These aggressive invasive species displace local plants and animals, negatively impacting local ecosystems, water quality, and fishing.  To minimize the spread of these species please take these precautionary steps:

  • Clean your equipment of any plant fragments or animals before transporting.
  • Dispose of material far away from water bodies.
  • Eliminate water from equipment before transporting.
  • Never release plants, fish or animals into a body of water unless they came from that water body.
  • All boats launched at Quabbin Reservoir must have an intact Quabbin Boat Seal upon arrival.  The boat is resealed to the trailer  by the Boat Launch Attendant upon removal from the reservoir.
  • For more information, you can view the DCR Lakes and Ponds Program or Protect Your Waters.

Quabbin Loons & Eagles

Quabbin Reservoir is one of the few places in Massachusetts where Common Loons and Bald Eagles are known to consistently nest. These birds can easily be disturbed during the nesting season and many abandon their nests if approached too closely. Loons as well as eagles can become entangled in monofilament fishing line and wire leaders. Line and leaders have been found in Quabbin Bald Eagle nests and could kill young eagles. To protect these special birds, please obey the following:

  • Dispose of fishing line and sinkers properly.
  • Put tangled monofilament line in your pocket or tackle box and dispose of properly.
  • Use non-toxic weights, sinkers and jigs instead of lead, which are now banned at the Quabbin and Wachusett Reservoirs.
  • Stay well away from nest sites.
  • Do not land boats on islands or shorelines.
  • Steer boats away from swimming loons or perched eagles.
  • Respect "Wildlife Research Areas" posted with signs or marked with red buoys.
  • Read and obey notices posted at Boat Launch Areas.
  • State and federal laws protecting loons and eagles are strictly enforced.

For further information on Fishing Sinker, Weight and Jig Regulations, please refer to the notices posted at Boat Launch Areas information boards or the new regulation summaries on the Division of Fish and Game web site

For further information on Fishing Sinker Regulations, please refer to the notices posted at Boat Launch Areas information boards.

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