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Quabbin Reservoir, Massachusetts

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The Quabbin Reservoir is the largest inland body of water in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and was built between 1930 and 1939. Today along with the Wachusett Reservoir, it is the primary water supply for Boston, some 65mi to the east, as well as 40 other communities in Greater Boston. It also supplies water to three towns west of the reservoir and acts as backup supply for three others. It has an aggregate capacity of 412e9USgal and an area of 38.6 square miles (99.9 kmĀ²).Structures and water flowQuabbin Reservoir water flows to the Wachusett Reservoir using the Quabbin Aqueduct. The Quabbin watershed is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, while the water supply system is operated by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. The Winsor Dam and the Goodnough Dike form the reservoir from impoundments of the three branches of the Swift River. The Quabbin Reservoir is part of the Chicopee River Watershed, which in turn feeds the Connecticut River.The Quabbin Spillway (which follows part of Quabbin Hill Road in Belchertown), allows water to bypass the Winsor Dam and join the Swift River when the reservoir is full.
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  • 10 degree day, snow covered trails and flurries.. Perfect hike day. Footprints through the snow off the main trails led to many cool discoveries. The silence was deafening.  more »
  • The Quabbin reservoir sits in the beautiful valley and offers easy hikes in the woods, magnificent vistas, and flat walks across a well-engineered dam. Be sure to read up on the Quabbin's dubious hist...  more »
  • This is a vast reservoir that supplies water to cities and towns in the greater Boston area. The engineering behind it is remarkable with a 24 mile tunnel carrying drinking water to the region. There ...  more »
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  • One of the best places to hike. Great for birding on the quiet days not to mention a beautiful view no matter the season. Fun for the kids and the staff often have events for learning.
  • What a beautiful landscape year round. I recommend you to visit the dam and the old building to learn a little about the history. This is not a lake and people are not allowed to go in the water it is still a beautiful place to visit. The Quabbin is Boston and other eastern cities water supply. The best time of year to visit is October and November or whenever the leaves start to change colors.
  • Nice relaxing place to go quiet peaceful you can think you can enjoy your family
  • Peaceful and away from traffic and people and other annoyances
  • Beautiful. Except you can't actually go here.
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