Off Leash Allowed. Photo by Bill RitchotteThe Middlesex Fells Dog Owner Group Welcomes You

The DCR Middlesex Fells Reservation comprises 2,575 acres and over 100 miles of trails in Malden, Medford, Stoneham, Melrose, Winchester, MA. Note: The lands surrounding the North, Middle, and South Reservoirs west of Rte. 93 are the property of the Town of Winchester.

Dogs are allowed off-leash according to posted rules in the designated off-leash area at Sheepfold.

In all other DCR areas dogs are required to be on a leash no more than seven feet long (350 CMR 2.01).

On June 17, 2013 the Winchester Board of Selectmen voted to allow public access in a designated area around the North Reservoir for walking and hiking activities as well as for dogs on leashes for a trial period continuing through November 2013, at which time the policy will be reviewed by the Board of Selectmen. In all other areas, the Winchester reservoir lands are posted "No Trespassing". 

The Fells Dog Owner Group advocates for a revision of the policy regarding off-leash dogs on the trails of the Middlesex Fells.  The MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has found that dogs can outnumber hikers at any given time in the Fells and that 85% of the dogs at the Fells are off leash. Annually there are fewer than five dog-related incidents at the Fells, including less than one bite or fight.  While we are actively working to reduce the number of incidents, under the status quo, the majority of off-leash recreationalists poses no threat.

Latest News

  • DCR's new Parks Rules and Regulations: Public Testimony Update Dec 05, 2013: FellsDOG co-founder, David Monahan, shares his public comments on the proposed new regulation in which he asks the DCR to  allow families to continue to ...
    Posted Dec 6, 2013, 8:03 AM by michele biscoe
  • Don't Let Them Do It! In 2012 people who visit the Middlesex Fells with dogs participated in a process that lasted almost the whole year to obtain accommodations to enjoy the trails of the Middlesex ...
    Posted Nov 11, 2013, 6:11 AM by michele biscoe
  • Winchester Board of Selectmen Propose North Reservoir Access Fells dog owners are grateful to the Winchester Board of Selectmen for voting to approve an interim plan to allow for walking and hiking activities as well as for dogs ...
    Posted Jul 10, 2013, 1:09 PM by michele biscoe
  • MassDOG suggests revisions to draft Parks and Recreation Rules and Regulations Fells dog owners, Michele Biscoe and Charlene Duffy Saulnier, attended the public meeting on January 10, 2013, at which Priscilla Geigis, DCR Director, MassParks, and Laura Deitz, DCR Assistant General ...
    Posted Feb 18, 2013, 6:33 AM by michele biscoe
  • First Annual Review of the Fells RMP Implementation When the Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the Middlesex Fells Reservation was unanimously approved by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Stewardship Council last year, not only the enforcement ...
    Posted Jan 31, 2013, 11:47 AM by michele biscoe
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