SPECIAL NOTICE - Effective October 15, 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.
* The Westville Lake Recreational Facility is closed for the season as of Labor Day 2020. Access to the trails and fields, via the recreational area or Westville Dam remains open for fall and winter access. Small boat access and fishing alongside the Quinebaug River and main restrooms 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, is closed for the season.
* 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.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Army Corps of Engineers requires face masks at all recreation projects
As we work to slow the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reminds all visitors, volunteers and employees that a face mask is required in all USACE buildings and facilities. Masks must also be worn outdoors on USACE-managed lands and recreation areas if physical distancing cannot be met, such as when hiking on trails or visiting sites that may be popular or crowded.
***Special Notice - COVID-19 Update - 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.
There are many things you can do at Conant Brook Dam. Spring brings a renewed interest in fishing and for mountain biking. Conant Brook is part of the MBW Trail a trail that goes through the towns of Monson, Brimfield and Wales. During winter time cross-country skiing and snowshoeing can be enjoyed by the family on the wide trails.
In fall the colorful leaves make the rolling hills and the river valley a photographers delight. Scenic views can be enjoyed throughout the area.
Hunting for deer, turkey, and other small game is allowed in the forested wetland and upland areas of the project. Hunting and fishing are permitted in accordance with Massachusetts fish and game laws. Licenses are required and available at the local town halls.
Park Rangers are available to present interpretive programs about the project.
The natural environment of Conant Brook Dam reflects the diverse nature and beauty of New England. Forested, rolling hills frame the river valley in which numerous wildlife species find a home.
Our goal is to manage these resources for future generations to enjoy. You can help by being good stewards of our public lands. You can volunteer to assist with recreation and natural resource management.
- Updated: March 1, 2021