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Can You Fish at Putnamville Reservoir?

A reader asked Patch after seeing new No Canoeing and No Kayaking signs.

Putnamville Reservoir. Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Putnamville Reservoir. Photo credit: Patch file photo.

We recently received a question from a reader about what is allowed at Putnamville Reservoir.

He said he recently noticed No Canoeing and No Kayaking signs at the reservoir and wondered if this is a new policy. 

We checked and found that this policy has been in place for decades, but the signs announcing the regulations have been stolen over the years.

The fact is that people aren’t allowed to fish there on a boat unless they are in a rowboat that is at least 10 feet. Besides that, fishing from a boat is not allowed. Fishing from the shore is allowed for those who are properly licensed except at areas marked as closed areas.

In addition, there is no swimming and bathing in the reservoir or picnicking on the banks.

So, in other words, if you planned to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend at the reservoir, you’ll need to find another place – unless you have a large rowboat or want to fish from the shore.

These rules were put into place nearly 50 years ago by the Salem and Beverly Water Supply Board.

Pat May 23, 2014 at 03:05 PM
I just read an article about kayaking in the Danvers Reservoir! Had no idea that wasn't allowed! If the rules are 50 years old, they obviously aren't enforced. That place is packed on a hot day!!!
elayne west May 24, 2014 at 08:09 AM
If a 10 ft rowboat is allowed why not a kayak???
Cindi Sliney May 24, 2014 at 10:42 AM
I have been kayaking there for years whats the problem

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