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Quabbin Reservoir, Massachusetts

Categories: Bodies of Water, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 40+ 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 stumbled on this place whilst planning a car journey off the main Freeways and what a find it was! There is an excellent visitor centre with loads of information about the building of the dam and r...  read more »
  • If this is your 1st visit, then take Rt 9 to the Windsor Dam, Quabbin tower,& Enfield Lookout. Nice visitor center at the State Police headquarters entrance #1. Second time check out Goodnough Dike or...  read more »
  • The Quabbin is Massachusetts best kept secret. Nestled on the borders of Western Mass, peace and quiet abound for bikers, runners, naturalists and photographers. I live nearby..12 miles and visit the ...  read more »
  • 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
  • Great place to walk and hike!!
  • Actually, stay away. You'll hate it.
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