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Quinebaug River white water event on April 26 in Sturbridge cancelled by paddling clubs due to COVID-19 concerns

Published April 21, 2020

CONCORD, Mass. – All Quinebaug River paddling events that were scheduled for April 26, 2020 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, have been cancelled by the paddling club requestors due to concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, East Brimfield Dam in Sturbridge will not be providing controlled releases of water that weekend, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District officials.


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 $134 million ($240 million, adjusted for inflation).


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. 20-029