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Corps supports canoeists, kayakers, rafters on Otter Brook with white water releases from Otter Brook Dam in Keene

Published April 10, 2015

CONCORD, Mass. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans controlled releases from Otter Brook Dam in Keene, New Hampshire, on April 11-12, 2015 to provide flows for recreational canoeing, kayaking and rafting on Otter Brook. This release is subject to change or cancellation.


The planned flows will be approximately 300 cubic feet per second (cfs) starting on Saturday, April 11 at about 9 a.m., and continuing until about 3:30 p.m. The releases will resume on Sunday, April 12 from about 9 a.m. until about 3:30 p.m., or until the volume of water stored for the release is depleted.


The event organizers anticipate about 40 to 50 people will take advantage of the water releases during this event.


Construction of Otter Brook Dam was completed in 1958 for 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 damages. 


Since the construction in 1958, the dam has prevented flood damages of $47.4 million ($98.4 million, corrected for inflation). More than 39,000 visitors annually enjoy swimming, picnicking, boating, fishing and hunting on the 458‑acre facility. 


Another white water release is scheduled from Otter Brook Dam for May 2-3, 2015. This event is subject to an adquate volume of water being available for release and could be cancelled or modified if conditions require.


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

Tim Dugan

Release no. 2015-033