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Hop Brook Lake in Middlebury closes swimming area following excessive rainfall

Published May 24, 2024

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

The closure is a precautionary measure based on anticipated water quality problems due to an increase in pool level, increased water turbidity because of more than 1.7 inches of heavy rainfall, and run-off received on May 23.

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 during normal operating hours 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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