Flood Risk Management
Hodges Village Dam was built in 1959 at a cost of $4.4 million by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in response to the floods of 1936 which caused tremendous property damage and took many lives in the Thames River Basin. To date, it has prevented damages of more than $31.8 million. It is part of a system of six flood control dams designed and built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the basin. This system controls flooding from Oxford, Mass., to Long Island Sound.
For year round outdoor recreation, visit Hodges Village Dam. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Park Rangers are available to assist you during your visit. There are over 15 miles of trails available at Hodges Village Dam for many different activities. The blue blazed trails and the Midstate Trail (yellow triangles) on both the east and west sides of French River are for non-motorized use (hiking, nature study, mountain biking, cross country skiing, and horseback riding).
There is a 18-hole disc golf course as well.
The outdoor enthusiast can hunt, fish and canoe at Hodges Village Dam. However, hunting is allowed only on the west side of the French River; no hunting is permitted anywhere on the east side of the river at the Hodges Village Dam project. The French River is accessible for canoeing at Greenbrier Park and just downstream of Hodges Village Dam at Augutteback Pond. All local and state laws apply.
For those who enjoy cold weather sports, Hodges Village Dam offer many different opportunities, including cross country skiing, snowmobiling (west of French River only), and ice fishing at Augutteback Pond.
Almost 1,200 acres of land make up the natural environment at Hodges Village Dam. On the west side of the French River are upland hardwoods, red oak, white oak and hickory.
A forest scene with a lush display of white flowering shrubs (rhododendron) beneath a forest canopy.The east side of Hodges Village Dam supports an Atlantic White Cedar swamp and numerous shrub swamps and forested wetlands. Red maple, alder, birch and other common wetland plants are found in the widespread wetlands. Deer, rabbits, ducks, geese, raccoons, fox, turkey, and a variety of songbirds are some the wildlife inhabiting these natural areas.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the natural resources at Hodges Village Dam for multiple uses: flood control, wildlife habitat, forest production, watershed protection, and outdoor recreation.
Volunteers assist the Park Rangers at Hodges Village Dam in conserving and managing the area's myriad natural and recreational resources. Contact the Hodges Village Dam and Buffumville Lake Office for details on the Volunteer Program.