Watershed Permits

Permits are required for some activities in DCR's drinking water supply reservoirs and watersheds.

The DCR watershed system supplies drinking water to the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority to treat and distribute to 2.5 million people. To protect the quality of our water, as well as the watersheds' other natural and cultural resources, you'll need a permit for a variety of activities, such as fishing, hunting and boating, as well as large group gatherings. 

 

 

Quabbin Reservoir Watershed

 

For more information or to submit Quabbin reservoir permit applications, contact:

   Department of Conservation and Recreation
   Division of Water Supply Protection
   Quabbin Section
   485 Ware Road
   Belchertown, MA 01007
   (413) 323-7221

Ware River Watershed

For more information or to submit Ware River Watershed  permit applications, contact:

   Department of Conservation and Recreation
   Division of Water Supply Protection
   Quabbin Section
   485 Ware Road
   Belchertown, MA 01007
   (413) 323-7221

Wachusett and Sudbury Reservoir Watersheds

For more information or to submit Wachusett and Sudbury permit applications, contact:

   Department of Conservation and Recreation
   Division of Water Supply Protection
   Wachusett/Sudbury Section
   180 Beaman St.
   West Boylston, MA 01583
   (508) 792-7806

Fishing and Hunting Permits

Licenses from the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Environmental Law Enforcement are required for fishing and hunting on DCR/DWM land.

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