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Corps supports canoeists, kayakers on Quinebaug River with water releases from East Brimfield Dam in Sturbridge

Published April 23, 2019

CONCORD, Mass. – Controlled releases of water are planned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, from East Brimfield Dam in Sturbridge, Mass., on Sunday, April 28, 2019 to provide adequate river flows for recreational canoeing, kayaking and rafting on the Quinebaug River, according to Corps of Engineers officials. This water release is subject to change or cancellation, if conditions require.


The Corps of Engineers will provide water release flows from East Brimfield Dam of approximately 350 cubic feet per second (cfs) starting on Sunday at about 5 a.m. and continuing until about 4 p.m., according to Project Manager Keith Beecher of East Brimfield Dam in Sturbridge, Mass.


Depending on the weather, the Corps anticipates approximately 150 participants in about 120 crafts taking advantage of the water releases for recreational purposes. The water release supports the annual Sturbridge Lions All American River Race.  


East Brimfield Lake Dam was constructed at a cost of $7.1 million. The 520-foot-long, 55-foot-high dam can impound a 29,900-acre-foot reservoir, which is equivalent to 9.7 billion gallons of water. Since it was placed in operation in 1960, it has prevented flood damages of $132.2 million ($225.8 million, adjusted for inflation).


The reservoir area offers recreational opportunities, including swimming, picnicking, fishing, hunting, canoeing, boating and nature study, and attracts more than 124,000 visitors annually.


The water releases that support these recreational activities are subject to an adequate volume of water being available for release and could be cancelled or modified during low flow or high flow conditions.  


For details on East Brimfield Lake contact the Park Ranger staff at 508-347-3705 or visit the website at:



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Tim Dugan

Release no. 19-036