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Recreation Areas and Flood Risk Management Projects in New England

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the largest provider of water-based outdoor recreation in the nation due to its civil works water resource projects. Its 422 lake and river projects in 43 states provide a diverse range of recreational opportunities. Visitors of all ages can enjoy traditional activities like hiking, boating, fishing, camping and hunting, and for those slightly more adventurous there is snorkeling, windsurfing, white-water rafting, mountain biking and geo-caching.  Regardless of your favorite outdoor activity one thing is certain, recreation enriches people's lives.  A visit to an Army Corps of Engineers' recreation area can strengthen family ties and friendships; create unforgettable memories and connect people to nature that will last a lifetime.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, working in cooperation with agencies from the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, provides quality outdoor recreational opportunities at each of the 31 Corps-operated flood risk management reservoirs within these states. The lands and waters of these civil works water resource projects are managed to conserve the natural resources as well as for the primary authorized purpose of flood risk management.

In New England alone, the Corps has built civil works water resource projects to includes 35 flood risk management dams, 112 local protection projects, and five hurricane barriers. A total of 31 of 35 reservoir projects, and three of five hurricane barriers are operated and maintained by the Corps, while the remaining projects are operated and maintained by local interests.

Damages prevented throughout New England from flooding events in winter/spring 2011 by flood risk management dams, local protection projects, and hurricane protection barriers were approximately $1.4 billion in fiscal year 2011. Cumulative flood reduction damages prevented by all projects, including local protection projects, since their construction through Sept. 30, 2011 are more than $6.6 billion. These projects cost a total of $538 million to build. Streamflow and other project/reservoir data are available through New England District's Reservoir Regulation Section website.

Recreation Locations

Find recreation areas run by the Corps of Engineers in New England. Click on a state on the left to go directly to one of the 31 areas with recreational opportunities, or explore the interactive map below by clicking on the  for details about each area. 


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