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Your Time Photo Gallery: The Quabbin Reservoir, Belchertown

  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>Walking on Winsor Dam.
  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>The Quabbin Observation Tower.
  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>Maija Hamm, left, Brian Hamm.
  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>Gail Doss, left,  Rena Nicoleu.
  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>Debby O'Leary, John Kirk.
  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/> Faye Krainson, Larry Krainson.
  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>Byron Aulick, April Aulick.
  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>Fishing on the Quabbin Reservoir.

Every day, according to the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, 196.55 million gallons of water flow from the Quabbin Reservoir into the homes of 2.2 million Commonwealth residents. Since 1939, after 2,500 residents of four local towns were evacuated to make way for it, the reservoir has been a water source for 51 communities in the greater Boston area.

For residents of western Massachusetts, the Quabbin has long been a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

The park is home to many varieties of wildlife, including mink, loons, and golden and bald eagles. Visitors can hike and bike several trails, walk on the Goodnough Dike and Winsor Dam, or catch trout, bass, salmon, and more in three designated fishing areas (though fishing season ends Oct. 12).

The park’s busiest season is fall, when dramatic views of colorful foliage are visible from several lookout points, like Hank’s Meadow and the Quabbin Observation Tower. Some visitors bring a picnic and stay a while; others take a quick drive through the park and enjoy the sights from their car or motorcycle. Either way, the Quabbin has a lot to offer.

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