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Otter Brook white water events on May 2-3 in Keene cancelled by paddling clubs due to COVID-19 concerns

Published April 28, 2020

CONCORD, Mass. – All Otter Brook paddling events that were scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3, 2020 in Keene, New Hampshire, have been cancelled by the paddling club requestors due to concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, Otter Brook Dam in Keene, New Hampshire, will not be providing controlled releases of water that weekend, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District officials.


Construction of Otter Brook Dam was completed in 1958 at a cost of $4.4 million. The 133‑foot‑high, 1,288‑foot‑long dam can impound about 5.7 billion gallons of water. During the 1987 flood, this dam utilized 100 percent of its storage capacity and prevented $3.6 million in flood damages. 


Since the construction in 1958, the dam has prevented flood damages of $50.5 million ($110 million, adjusted for inflation).


For more information contact the Park Ranger staff at Otter Brook Lake at (603) 352-4130 or visit the website at https://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/Otter-Brook-Lake/.


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Tim Dugan

Release no. 20-035