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Description - The Corps regulates the flow of the Quinebaug River by raising or lowering two 6.5' x 11' electrically operated sluice gates in the gate house of East Brimfield Dam. The water flowing through this gate house drains an area of 67.5 square miles.

The Flood of 1955 caused much destruction in the Quinebaug River flood plain.

Total flood control storage at East Brimfield Lake amounts to 9,742,900 billion gallons (29,900 acre ft.) of flood waters at a maximum pool level of 32', (19' over normal pool level of 13'). Water from flood control storage is released after downstream river levels recede.

The Reservoir Regulation Team (RTT) at New England District Headquarters, in Concord, Massachusetts is the "nerve center" for New England flood control projects such as East Brimfield Lake. Using radio and satellite communications, the RRT constantly monitors river levels and weather conditions that influence flood control decisions.

Attractions - The natural environment of East Brimfield Lake reflects the diverse nature and beauty of New England. The forested rolling hills frame the river valley and the glacially formed kettle ponds of Lost Lake, Green, and Pork Barrel Ponds. At East Brimfield Lake there are many natural resources available for you to enjoy.

The forests and wetlands are home to deer, turkey, rabbit, fox, beaver, ducks, geese, and many other animals. The Corps and the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife work together to monitor the population of Canada geese, to survey bald eagles, to stock trout, northern pike, and ring-necked pheasants.

Recreation - Summer brings warm weather for swimming and picnicking at the Streeter Beach (fee area operated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management) and Lake Siog Park (fee area operated by the Town of Holland). Boating and water skiing are favorite pastimes on East Brimfield Lake.

In fall the colorful leaves make the rolling hills and the river valley a photographers delight. Scenic views can be enjoyed along a six mile canoe trail with each passing season. This flat water canoe trail twists and turns from Holland Pond to East Brimfield Lake on the Quinebaug River.

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 Interstate 90 to exit 9 and then Route 20 West. OR Take Interstate 84 to exit 3 and then Route 20 West through Sturbridge, at 3 miles take a left onto Riverview Avenue. Follow signs to the office.

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Report: I paddled the Quinebaug river from Holland pond into the East Brimfield Lake. It was a great relaxing day with only 3 or 4 other canoes or kayaks seen. Two small beaver dams, which I didn't have to climb out of the canoe to get over. Plenty of beautiful flowers and sounds of wildlife in the brush at the edge of the river, and even a couple nibbles on my fishing lures! Coming into the lake at the end of my day I saw a beautiful sunset and a few ducks amidst the lily pads, before I paddled to the boat ramp where my truck was waiting for me. Quite enjoyable! The river is flat water so you can paddle into it from the lake but going up river you'd have to portage over the beaver dams. Try it, it was a good day.

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Contact Information:
East Brimfield Lake, EAST BRIMFIELD LAKE , FISKDALE, MA, 01518-1243, Phone: 508-347-3705

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