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Hop Brook Lake beach in Middlebury, Conn., remains closed due to lake bacteria levels

Published May 24, 2023

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District announced today that the swimming area at Hop Brook Lake in Middlebury, Conn., will remain closed until further notice.

The closure is the result of water quality testing which indicated that bacteria levels in the lake still exceed Connecticut State Standards. The beach was closed May 21 as a precautionary measure based on anticipated water quality problems due to an increase in pool level, increased water turbidity because of almost 2.5 inches of heavy rainfall, and run-off received on May 20. Based on historical data, water quality problems have previously developed in the lake as a result of heavy amounts of rainfall over short periods of time.

USACE will test the swimming area regularly and reopen the beach when test results are satisfactory. The majority of the Hop Brook Lake recreation area remains open daily as usual for picnicking, hiking and other recreational activities.

For more information, call (203) 729-8840 or visit the Hop Brook Lake website at https://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/Hop-Brook-Lake/. 

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Bryan Purtell

Release no. 23-016