Tag: Quabbin Reservoir

More Than Water

Quabbin Reservoir is one of the largest unfiltered water supplies in the United States. The 412 billion gallon reservoir covers 39 square miles with 181 miles of shoreline, providing 3 million people with drinking water. And yet, a visit to the reservoir offers so much more than water!

Birders can see Bald Eagles and other birds from the Enfield Lookout. The former town of Enfield was abandoned to make way for the reservoir.
Foliage and water view from the Enfield Lookout.
New Hampshire’s Mt. Monadnock as seen from the Lookout.
Water views from the Main Gate.
Although the foliage is past peak, the woods glow with golden and brown tones.
The Quabbin Tower provides an expansive view of the reservoir.
Miles of hiking trails are perfect for those who prefer off-the-road treks.
Numerous picnic and scenic areas provide a welcome rest.
Trails of different levels of difficulty offer something for everyone.
Quabbin is known as a prime destination for photographers.
The Quabbin Spillway is much dryer than in previous years.
Great views from the Winsor Dam are accessible to all.

“Many Waters”

The Quabbin Reservoir takes its name from the Algonquin word meaning “many waters”.

The Quabbin Reservoir is one of the largest unfiltered water supplies in the United States, providing drinking water for 3 million Massachusetts residents. It covers 39 square miles with 181 miles of shoreline.
“Quabbin” is an Algonquin word meaning “many waters”. The word was used by the Nipmucs, who first inhabited this area of Massachusetts. Built between 1930 and 1939, the reservoir is the largest inland body of water in Massachusetts. It is a primary water supply for Boston, 65 miles to the east.
At the Enfield Lookout, New Hampshire’s Mt. Monadnock can be seen in the distance.
More than 50 access gates surround Quabbin, giving visitors access to the over 200 miles of forest roads throughout the watershed.