Quabbin Reservoir - Fishing Area 2 - Gate 31

Last Updated: 9/2014

     Quabbin's fishery is comprised of both coldwater species (trout and salmon) and warmwater species (bass, pickerel, perch, and bullhead). Most of the deep coldwater species occur on Quabbin's west arm, accessible from Gate #8 (Boat Launch Area #1). Deep water fishing is also available on the main part of the reservoir, but Gate #31 (Area #2) and Gate #43 (Area #3) also provide access to shallower waters which are better for warmwater fishing.
   The Quabbin Reservoir is the largest inland body of water in the Commonwealth of Massachusettsand was built between 1930 and 1939. Today along with the Wachusett Reservoir, it is the primary water supply for Boston, some 65 miles 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 412 billion US gallons and an area of 38.6 square miles. 
StartFragment       The Stephen M. Brewer Fishing Area - located in Hardwick off Greenwich Road, west of Route 32A. This area offers excellent warm water fishing, in addition to trout and salmon.EndFragment
Our Opinion
      Area Two is a very very large area.  The only way to travel this is by motor boat.  Because of the Boat Seal requirements, it would be easiest to just rent a boat for the day.  Make sure you have your fishing license and fishing gear.  If you dont have a license, you can purchase a one day license for 5.00. Without one, you will not be allow you to rent a boat or travel the reservoir.  Remember, there is NO swimming anywhere. 
       Canoe and Kayaks can be rented for use on Pottapaug Pond only.  You cannot use you own paddling boat.
Quabbin Reservoir Fishing Guide

Skill Level:            Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:   All day if you decided to visit the entire area.
Total Distance:     26.5   miles - Varies based on reservoir level.
USGS Map: Orange, Shutesbury MA (7.5’x15’)
Launch Address: Regulating Dam Rd, New Salem, MA 01355

Boat Launch: Approved Motorboats only.
Position: 42-31.09 N 72-17.63 W
Physical Features:
  • Area:         24,012 acres or 38.6 square miles
  • Max depth:          feet
  • Average Depth:   feet
  • Transparency: 
  • Terrain Type: Wooded, Park, Wetlands, Watershed
Fish Population
  • Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Landlocked Salmon, Chain Pickerel, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, and many more species.

Put In and Take Out: 3.7 miles, 6 min.
From Exit 16 of Route 2 Orange, MA:
  • Come off the exit and turn  onto Route 202 South (Daniel Shays Highway), toward Amherst/Belchertown.
  • At mile 1.9, turn left onto Route 122 toward Petersham/Barre.
  • At mile 3.3, turn right onto Regulating Dam Rd.  You will see a white sign with Fishing Area 2, Gate 43.
  • Follow this road to the end.
  • At mile 3.7 arrive at a large parking area, boat ramp, and boat rental.  Check in with the authorities there.
Quabbin Boat Seal Program
        All private boats must have an intact Quabbin Boat Seal (QBS) to launch on the reservoir.  Seals can be obtained through a DCR approved decontamination and inspection process.  Click above for the latest Quabbin Boat Seal Schedule  [pdf format of Quabbin Boat Seal Schedule]. To make an appointment, please call the Quabbin Visitor Center at (413) 323-7221.
  • Seals must be intact when arriving at the reservoir for launching.
  • DCR personnel will inspect QBS, then break it before launching.
  • As boats are removed from the reservoir, it will be sealed to the trailer by the attendant.
  • Tampering with QBS is a violation of DCR Rules and Regulations and will result in loss of Quabbin fishing privileges and possible fines.
  • Quabbin Boat Seal Program FAQ  

State Pond Map
Quabbin Reservoir - Fishing Area 2 - Gate 31 Launch
Position: 42-31.09 N 72-17.63 W​
Boat Launch:
Excellent paved boat ramp.
Nearest Launch Address:
Regulating Dam Road, New Salem, MA 01355
From Route 2, Exit 16 (4.0 miles, 9 minutes):
  1. At the end of the ramp, turn onto  Route 202 South.
  2. At mile 1.9, turn left onto Route 122 South.
  3. At mile 3.3, Turn right onto Regulating Dam Road. At the fishing area sign.
  4. At mile 4.0, arrive at the launch area
Excellent boat launch for authorized boats. 
Plenty of boat to rent on first coe first serve.
Quabbin Boat Seal Program
​​Canoes and Kayaks rentals only in Areas 2 & 3
    Due to concerns with aquatic invasive species being carried from one water body to another, private canoes and kayaks are no longer allowed to be launched at Quabbin Reservoir.  However canoe and kayak rentals are available on a first come-first serve basis at Boat Launch Areas #2 and #3 for use on the regulating ponds at those areas.  All boating regulations for Quabbin Reservoir apply to these craft.
Rent one of these canoes or kayaks to fish on the pond to the north.