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Barre Falls Dam- Barre Falls Dam was built by the Corps of Engineers to reduce flood damage from storms like those that devastated New England in 1936 and 1938.
Birch Hill Dam- Birch Hill Dam is located on the Miller's River in South Royalston, Massachusetts, and is a part of a network of flood control dams on tributaries of the Connecticut River.
Buffumville Lake- Buffumville Dam was built in 1958 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in response to the floods of the 1936 which caused tremendous damage to the area.
Charles River Natural Valley Storage Project- The lower nine mile portion of the watershed known as the "Charles River Basin" was created in 1910 with the construction of a dam across the mouth of the river. There was no dependable means of discharging river flood flows into Boston Harbor, since the dam relied on gravity flow with the sluice gates operating only at low tide.
Conant Brook Dam- Conant Brook Dam is on Conant Brook and covers 469 acres in the Town of Monson, Massachusetts. The lake is part of a network of seven flood control dams in the Lower Connecticut River Basin constructed and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
East Brimfield Lake- East Brimfield Dam is on the Quinebaug River and covers an area of 2,070 acres in the towns of Sturbridge, Holland, and Brimfield, Massachusetts. The lake is part of a network of six flood control dams in the Thames River Basin constructed and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Hodges Village Dam- Hodges Village Dam was built in 1959 at a cost of $4.4 million by the US Army Corps of Engineers in response to the floods of 1936 which caused tremendous property damage and took many lives in the Thames River Basin.
Knightville Dam- Knightville Dam is a valuable asset to the surrounding communites, providing recreational opportunities and preserving the natural areas within the flood control project.
Littleville Lake- Littleville Lake is located on the Middle Branch of the Westfield River in Huntington, Massachusetts, and is a part of a network of flood damage reduction dams on tributaries of the Connecticut River.
Tully Lake- Tully Lake is located on the East Branch of the Tully River in Royalston, Massachusetts, and is a part of a network of flood damage reduction dams on tributaries of the Connecticut River.
West Hill Dam- On a quiet back road and across an old fieldstone bridge lies West Hill Park where the West River widens to form a large, natural swimming hole, known locally as Harrington Pool.
Westville Lake- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers owns and manages 578 acres of land at Westville Lake. Field, forest, and wetland environments provide habitats for a variety of wildlife species.

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Description - There are over 3,000 lakes and ponds in Massachusetts that provide drinking water, flood control, irrigation, electricity, aesthetic values, recreation and habitat for fish and wildlife. The lake environment creates a diverse habitat for wildlife and provides a home for hundreds of animals, including threatened species.

Attractions - A few of the many lakes and ponds of Massachusetts are described in this section, primarily those managed by federal and state agencies.

Recreation - Recreation at Massachusetts lakes and ponds includes fishing and hunting, camping and a wide variety of water sports as well as viewing of hundred of species of birds and animals.

Climate - Massachusetts experiences four distinct seasons with slightly varying temperatures in the inland and coastal regions. Along the coast the water is a moderating factor that often prevents large amounts of snowfall from accumulating through the winter. Summer temperatures are usually cooler than low lying inland areas, due to ocean breezes. This region of the country experiences high humidity in the summer season and temperatures that average close to 80 degrees F. Fall and Spring are pleasant times to visit the region with crisp air and low humidity. Brilliant foliage colors can be found in the central and western regions of the state in late September and October. Winter temperatures can be brutally cold on occasion with a humidity-filled wind, but on average winter daytime temperatures reach 35 degrees F and lows reach into the teens. Spring is usually the wettest time of year, but trees, bushes and flowers are blooming by early May.

Location - Maps and driving instructions to reach each lake or reservoir are available on the individual pages of this section describing each one.

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Massachusetts - Massachusetts is a great place to experience New England charm. The state contains diverse landscapes that include mountains, beaches and bogs, surrounded by architecture dating from 1700 to the present.


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