Most of the gates around the Quabbin Reservoir are old roads, many of which end at the water. Gate 16 is the extension of Prescott Road which at one time led to the now former town of Prescott, home to the Prescott Peninsula where eagles were hacked and reintroduced to the reservoir. That effort established a new population of Bald Eagles where the numbers had pretty much got down to zero due to the use of DDT. The program started in 1982 and has been a great success as the sight of eagles year round over and on the Quabbin is very popular for visitors and an excellent asset for the environment. If you wish to learn about it, here is a link to a page with the story. Although I have seen several I’ve not been able to photograph one of these majestic birds. Someday!
Gate 16 is another of my favorite hikes. One day in 2017 I walked to the end just as the sun was cresting the treeline to the east and made a few exposures of this island.
Most likely this is the result of some sand and rocks left behind during the reservoir’s construction. As almost always, I was the only one there and enjoyed the peace and solitude along with the sound of lapping water…made less evident by a long exposure.