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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers updates preventative measures in place for COVID-19 at Westville Lake Recreational Area in Sturbridge, East Brimfield Lake in Holland, Brimfield and Sturbridge, and Conant Brook Dam in Monson, Massachusetts

Published May 27, 2020

Sturbridge, Massachusetts – Westville Lake, East Brimfield Lake and Conant Brook Dam are implementing phased reopening of recreation areas access in accordance with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers policies and procedures, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and CDC. The following COVID-19 measures will be implemented as follows:


Effective May 30, 2020:


*     All trail systems will continue to be open for your enjoyment, as will the parking lots that provide access to them. We will continue to maintain these facilities and provide Ranger patrols as normal.  


*     No special event or activity permits, shelter reservations will be issued until further notice; all previously issued permits have been cancelled, out of an abundance of caution.


*     The Westville Lake Recreational Facility will partially open, Saturday, May 30, 2020, to provide expanded parking, and access to the trails and fields, small boat access and fishing alongside the Quinebaug River. The main restrooms will remain closed. Access to the upper area parking lots will remain closed. 


*     East Brimfield Lake trail access at Five Bridge Road, Route 20, Pond Bridge Road remains open, as do the main boat and car top ramps to access the lake, and the Quinebaug River at Pond Bridge Road in Holland. Lake Siog, within the Town of Holland, will remain closed to swimming for the near future.


*     Conant Brook Dam trail systems and parking areas remain open.


These measures are necessary to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), ensure and protect the health and well-being of our visitors, employees, contractors and volunteers, and safeguard our ability to continue our critical Flood Risk Management Operations.


The health of our team and the community is our top priority. We urge all visitors to follow the CDC’s guidelines and remain diligent regarding hygiene and social distancing. CDC guidelines and more information can be found at www.conoravirus.gov.

Tim Dugan

Release no. 20-044