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General Information

Description - Conant Brook Dam is located on Conant Brook, a tributary of the Quabog River, with waters eventually reaching the Connecticut River. Conant Brook Dam and associated public lands cover approximately 469 acres of land in the town of Monson, Massachusetts. The small lake held back by Conant Brook Dam is part of a network of seven flood control dms in the Connecticut River Basin constructed and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

East Brimfield Dam is on the Quinebaug River and covers an area of 2,070 acres in the towns of Sturbridge, Holland, and Brimfield, Massachusetts. The lake is part of a network of six flood control dams in the Thames River Basin constructed and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Three of these projects, East Brimfield Lake, Westville Lake, and West Thompson Lake, help to control flooding from Sturbridge all the way to Long Island Sound.

Attractions - The natural environment of Conant Brook Dam reflects the diverse nature and beauty of New England. Forested, rolling hills frame the river valley in which numerous wildlife species find a home.

Recreation - There are many things you can do at Conant Brook Dam. Spring brings a renewed interest in fishing and for mountain biking. Conant Brook is part of the MBW Trail a trail that goes through the towns of Monson, Brimfield and Wales. During winter time crosss country skiing and snowshoeing can be enjoyed by the family on the wide trails. In fall the colorful leaves make the rolling hills and the river valley a photographers delight. Scenic views can be enjoyed throughout the area Hunting for deer, turkey, and other small game is allowed in the forested wetland and upland areas of the project. Hunting and fishing are permitted in accordance with Massachusetts fish and galne laws. Licenses are required and available at the local town halls.

Climate - Massachusetts experiences four distinct seasons with slightly varying temperatures in the inland and coastal regions. Along the coast the water is a moderating factor that often prevents large amounts of snowfall from accumulating through the winter. Summer temperatures are usually cooler than low lying inland areas, due to ocean breezes. This region of the country experiences high humidity in the summer season and temperatures that average close to 80 degrees F. Fall and Spring are pleasant times to visit the region with crisp air and low humidity. Brilliant foliage colors can be found in the central and western regions of the state in late September and October. Winter temperatures can be brutally cold on occasion with a humidity-filled wind, but on average winter daytime temperatures reach 35 degrees F and lows reach into the teens. Spring is usually the wettest time of year, but trees, bushes and flowers are blooming by early May.

Location - Take State Route 32 and Wales Road in Monson. OR Take State route 19 and Monson Road in Wales. Follow signs to the dam and please drive carefully.


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Filed By: Russell Francis Potter Sr (Springfield, MA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The toughest part of hiking at Conant brook would probably have to be the pipeline As it is a series of steep grades and low gulleys. The biggest reward to me is the photo opportunitys that await the photographer, And the tranquility you find on a week day. There are many forks in the roads and various trails that wind through the area, but the army corps of engineers does supply maps in a box at the parking area where the dam is, so its pretty difficult to get lost.


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Contact Information:
Conant Brook Dam, E BRIMFIELD LAKE , FISKDALE, MA, 01518-1423, Phone: 508-347-3705

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