Quabbin Resevoir HistoryQuabbin Reservoir, one of the nation’s largest man-made public water supplies, provides drinking water to more than 2 million people in the Northeast. The 18-mile-long Reservoir was constructed in the 1930s and spans 39 square miles and features 181 miles of shoreline. Quabbin Reservoir, which is fed by the Swift and Ware Rivers, has the capacity to hold 412 billion gallons of water. Prior to construction, four towns had to be vacated in the Swift River Valley to allow for flooding. A state highway, railroad line, hundreds of homes and businesses, and 34 cemeteries were dismantled or moved to make way for the new reservoir. Quabbin Reservoir is located in Belchertown, Massachusetts off Route 9.
Visit Quabbin Reservoir.Quabbin Reservoir is a fun day trip for guests vacationing at Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center. Located in nearby Belchertown, Quabbin Reservoir offers exciting opportunities for mountain biking, fishing, hiking, and learning about the history of Massachusetts and one of the most important public drinking water sources in the country. Autumn is a glorious time for seeing fall colors. Search for bald eagles soaring high above in the winter. The spring blooms with wildflowers, while the summer months are enjoyed by hikers, bikers, fishermen, and anyone who enjoys spending time outdoors.
Fishing at Quabbin Reservoir.Due to its primary function as a drinking water source for millions of people, fishing on Quabbin Reservoir is heavily restricted. Shore and boat fishing are permitted from April through October, the standard fishing season in Massachusetts. Quabbin Reservoir offers three boat launches. Pontoon, inflatable and sailboats are not permitted on the reservoir. A fishing license is required for anyone 15 years or older.
Quabbin Reservoir Recreation.
The Quabbin Reservoir area offers scores of trials for hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Bird watching and nature photography are also popular activities here. Enfield and New Salem Lookouts offer spectacular panoramic views of the reservoir and surrounding wilderness areas. Interpretive maps that highlight hiking and biking trails are available at the Quabbin Reservoir Visitor Center.
Rock House Reservation.Enjoy the splendor and fresh air of the Central Massachusetts wilderness at Rock House Reservation in West Brookfield. Rock House Reservation features three miles of well-maintained hiking trails, picnic areas, scenic lookouts, and mountain biking (fire roads only). Admission to Rock House Reservation is free. Visit http://www.thetrustees.org/pages/359_rock_house_reservation.cfm.