CONCORD, Mass. – All Westfield River paddling events that were scheduled for April 18-19, 2020 have been cancelled by the paddling club requestors due to concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, Knightville Dam and Littleville Lake Dam in Huntington, Massachusetts, will not be providing controlled releases of water that weekend, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District officials.
Knightville Dam was constructed at a cost of $3.3 million. The 1,200-foot-long, 150-foot-high dam can impound a 49,000-acre-foot reservoir (equivalent to 15.8 billion gallons of water). Since its construction in 1941, the project has prevented flood damages of $349 million ($690 million, adjusted for inflation). For details call the Park Ranger staff at Knightville Dam at (413) 667-3430 or visit the website at
Littleville Lake, on the Middle Branch of the Westfield River in Huntington and Chester, is 1,360 feet long, 164 feet high and cost $6.8 million to construct. The reservoir can hold a 23,000-acre-foot pool or 7.5 billion-gallons. It has prevented flood damages of $158 million ($240 million, adjusted for inflation) since it was placed in operation in 1965. For details on Littleville Lake call the Park Ranger staff at (413) 667-3656 or visit the website at: https://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/Littleville-Lake/.
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Release no. 20-028