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Quabbin Reservoir, Massachusetts

(4.6/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We moved to a wonderful town very close to the Quabbin Reservoir about a year and a half ago and spent time during the first few months just parking and walking and enjoying the views at the Quabbin!!...  more »
  • We visited the Reservoir on our way to Wachussett Mountain from Amherst. I learned that it is the largest inland body of water in Massachusetts and was built between 1930 and 1939. Apparently, togethe...  more »
  • We visit this spot often in the summer on the bike. It's a great place to see, walk around and appreciate the great landscape. It really is a huge body of water and on a nice spring day, very relaxing...  more »
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  • Great area to explore. Would've been 5 star if trails to tower were better marked. We took an un-scenic route up power lines. Wasn't until 3/4 of the way up did we find an unmarked trail to tower.
  • Good for Hiking, biking and picnics, Lots of great views, and a lot of history to explore.
  • LOVE this place! Didn't appreciate it enough growing up but it is very beautiful
  • Great views of the reservoir. Must visit place in Massachusetts. Point your maps to 'Winsor Dam'.
  • Nice image, brought my bearded dragon, he had a hell of a time