Clough State Park

April 19. 2011 9:20PM

Located about five miles east of the town of Weare, Clough State Park is located on the shore of Everett Lake, a 150-acre lake formed by a dam on the Piscataquog River.

Favorite activities in the park include swimming - the 900-foot sandy beach also has two bathhouses, with flush toilets and changing areas for swimmers. Picnicking - picnic tables are located within a large picnic grove. Fishing - Everett Lake is a favorite among anglers. Boating - a boat launch is available for small boats or canoes (motorized boats are not permitted).

Location: Off Route 114 & 13, Weare, NH

Phone: 603-529-7112

Activities: Swimming, picnicking, fishing, boating

Amenities: Bathhouse, picnic tables, playing fields, boat launch

Operation Schedule:

Weekends: Mid-May to Mid-June

Daily: Mid-June to Labor Day

Acreage: 50 acres

Waterfront: Everett Lake

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The Piscataquag River, which flows 14 miles through the town of Weare, was once one of the best sources of water power in the state. In the early 1900s, 22 mill sites had been located along the banks of the river in the Weare area. On September 21, 1938, following several days of heavy rain, a hurricane moving up from the West Indies passed through the center of New England. The additional heavy rains from the hurricane caused the failure of the Deering Resevoir Dam, which resulted in a wall of raging water to rush down to the Weare Resevoir Dam. Although the dam held, the rushing water broke through the land at the side of the dam, releasing the millions of gallons of water in the reservoir. The raging river, completely out of control, washed away everything in its path, leaving parts of Weare devastated.

In response to the 1938 hurricane disaster and other seasonal floods, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the 2,000-foot long Everett Dam, as part of the Hopkinton-Everett Flood Control Project, which had been authorized by Congress to prevent a recurrence of the devastating floods. The overall project was completed in 1963 at a total cost of $21,400,000.

Although Clough State Park is situated on land owned by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, it is operated by the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation.

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