Quabbin Reservoir Watershed

Quabbin Reservoir Watershed


Location:Off Route 9 in Belchertown.
Facilities:Visitor center, walking trails, scenic views.
Activities:Shoreline fishing (with restrictions), hunting (with restrictions), hiking, bicycling (limited), bird watching, snowshoeing, picnicking (carry in, carry out), bird watching.
Special Features:Created in the 1930s, Reservoir is one of the largest man-made public water supplies in the U.S. In order to flood the Swift River Valley, the entire population of four towns had to be relocated, including a railroad line and more than 6,000 graves. The primary purpose of the reservoir and surrounding lands is to supply drinking water, so public access is carefully regulated and controlled.
Address:Quabbin Visitor Center
495 Ware Rd
Belchertown, MA 01007

Phone:413-323-7221
Web: www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/central/quabbin.htm
Size: 39 square miles water area.

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Compton keeps his scientific exploration closer to home, hiking the forests of northern Worcester County to study how the growing moose population is impacting the forest in the Quabbin Reservoir watershed.
HARDWICK - It was in 1987 that Brayton Shanley and his wife, Suzanne, turned the earth for the first time on the 32 acres of land they had purchased in the Quabbin Reservoir watershed.
Foresters who oversee the Quabbin Reservoir watershed, the DCR forests and parks, and the state's wildlife management areas say clear-cutting to replace existing plantations is essential to improve the natural diversity of tree species, promote wildlife habitat and, in the case of Quabbin, protect the forest that in turn protects the water supply for 2.
Officials said they expect an increase in MWRA watershed protection spending to $7 million annually, for land purchases in the Wachusett and Quabbin reservoir watersheds.