CT’s Quinebaug Water Trail Receives Special Designation
November 18, 2011
The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) announced that the 5-mile, Quinebaug River Water Trail located at West Thompson Lake in Connecticut is one of 41 Army Corps of Engineers trails designated as national recreation trails by DOI.
These trails will join the national network of more than 1,100 recreation trails that span from coast to coast and encompass more than 13,000 miles of existing trails and trail systems.
The national recreation trail designation recognizes those trails that link communities to recreational opportunities on public lands and in local parks across the nation. The first national trails were established in the early 1970s.__ The Army Corps of Engineers’ dam at West Thompson Lake is located in Thompson on the Quinebaug River, about 1,000’ upstream from the junction of the Quinebaug and French Rivers. It is 3 miles north of Putnam on Route 12. Construction started in August 1963 and was completed in October 1965.__
West Thompson Lake contains a 200-acre conservation pool that has a maximum depth of 13’. The flood storage area of the project, which is normally empty and is only utilized to store floodwaters, totals 1,250 acres and extends 7 miles upstream. The project and associated lands cover 2,033 acres in both Thompson and Dudley, Massachusetts.
The West Thompson reservoir supports a variety of recreational activities. Facilities include a picnic area and 3 group shelters, boat ramp, nature trail, fireplaces, hot showers, drinking water, an amphitheater for weekend campfire programs, and parking and sanitary facilities. One of the main features of West Thompson Lake is a rustic camping area with 22 campsites, 2 Adirondack shelters, and a trailer sanitary disposal station. Reservoir lands are also available for snowmobiling and crosscountry skiing._
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