A Swimming Bear @ Quabbin Reservoir?

December 9, 2010 - Leave a Response

Okay I didn't doubt the fact there are bears around the Quabbin Valley and likely around the shores of Quabbin Reservoir but a swimming bear at the Big Q?

Seems so … just click on the following link and see what I mean … Quabbin Reservoir bear video … and yep, it's really swimming!

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Simulating the Quabbin Reservoir Environment

December 4, 2010 - Leave a Response

Seems students at Amherst College are busy building a spatially-oriented database and model to predict the potential effects of changing environments on the Quabbin Reservoir and Swift River Valley watershed. The faculty and students are using historical data collected from different forest tracks around “Big Q” and developing a forecasting model to help evaluate the changing landscape …

Listen to the video below to learn more …

Dreaming of the “Big Lady”

December 3, 2010 - Leave a Response

With December suddenly rushing in and winter about to lower its icy grip on the Quabbin Valley area, I just realized how long it will be until open water returns to the region. Until that time we'll just have to dream of cruising across the Big Lady in search of trout, salmon and bass …

Or hit other area waters with some tip-ups and jigging poles I suppose …

Quabbin Reservoir Fishing Season Rapidly Withering

October 14, 2010 - Leave a Response

It is truly amazing how rapidly times flies and disheartening moments suddenly arise. If you are an angler who enjoys heading out to Quabbin Reservoir to take advantage of the great fisheries it offers that is exactly what is about to happen to you!

Quabbin's fishing season is winding down and almost to the point where there are only precious hours left before access to those glistening waters head off to hibernate until next spring.

Quabbin's 2010 season closes this coming Saturday!

So if I were you, I would be making a plan to make one last trip to partake of the Big Lady's finny bounty before the long winter sets in …

Protecting Quabbin Valley’s & New England’s Forests

October 11, 2010 - Leave a Response

An interesting article appeared in a recent copy of the Boston Globe detailing actions by numerous individuals and groups to protect forests around the Quabbin Valley and across New England. The forest-lands around Quabbin and throughout the region provide a resource we need for many reasons including watershed and habitat production as well as production of forestry products.

We should all show our appreciation for groups such as these who strive to find sustainable solutions to real environmental issues.

Geocaching Around Quabbin

October 6, 2010 - Leave a Response

In today's hi-tech world of electronic gadgets that do almost anything, one popular device for outdoor enthusiasts is the handheld GPS. These relatively inexpensive devices are less accurate forms of advanced military and survey instrumentation that hikers, hunters, bikers, and even fisherman can use to help discover the hidden secrets of Quabbin Reservoir.

As a matter of fact, outdoor-rec types with a "Sherlock Holmes" mindset developed a pseudo-game called geocaching where a series of small "treasures" are scattered throughout an area, a log of geographic coordinates is prepared then people embark to locate these hidden stores. Once located, the coordinates are logged, the person (or people) remove an item from the cache box and replace it with something they brought.

Did you realize there are "geocaches" scattered about the Quabbin area?  Just so happens there are and you can read more about one person's geocaching adventure by following this link: … Geocaching at the Quabbin … Enjoy!

Quabbin’s Abundant Wildlife

October 4, 2010 - Leave a Response
In case you missed the news, fishing at Quabbin Reservoir is winding down (since the open season ends soon) but fear not since there is still lots of things to do around the Quabbin Valley. Considering the time of year, apples, pumpkins and leaf peeking definitely spring to mind.

Another advantage of foliage and fall leaves (no not the raking!) … it removes all those pesky leaves from blocking our view to see what's moving through the trees. The Quabbin area is teaming with wildlife ranging from deer, a few moose, eagles, turkeys, fox, ruffed grouse, waterfowl of varying types and the list goes on and on.

So the first time you start to feel sorry about not being able to head for a little fishing action at Quabbin Reservoir, pack up the family, a camera, a picnic lunch, and come over and enjoy the other features the Accidental Wilderness offers …

Quabbin Reservoir Water Level

October 3, 2010 - Leave a Response

It's not uncommon to have lower water levels as we enter the fall in many lakes and ponds across the Bay State but the levels this year seem to be much lower than the recent past. Quabbin Reservoir is also showing the effects of the late spring through summer dry-spell and is listed at ~ 91% of full pool as of September 1st. Though this may seem alarming to some, the last major drought to hit the region was over 40 years ago and Quabbin's water levels at that time were more than 45% below normal. It looks as if we should be thankful!

Quabbin Reservoir Rock-piles & Fishing

October 2, 2010 - Leave a Response

Via a post from Qiel.com …

There are many secrets knowledgeable angler's keep regarding their Quabbin fishing tactics and one of those pertains to fishing Quabbin Reservoir rock piles which can be pure gold! … http://bit.ly/dafBLq

Traveling Around Quabbin Valley

October 2, 2010 - Leave a Response

Now that fall and apple season is upon us, it's a great time to head out for a drive around the Quabbin Reservoir area. Here is a cool route from WCVB to follow: http://bit.ly/afgYen