What to do in Clough State Park

Located about 5 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 Piscataqua River. Facilities include a 900-foot sandy beach and two bathhouses, with flush toilets and changing areas for swimmers. You can bring your own small boat or canoe and launch it at the park's ramp. Motorized boats are not permitted. A large picnic grove and playground are available.

The Piscataqua 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 1900's 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 Reservoir Dam, which resulted in a wall of raging water to rush down to the Weare Reservoir 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.

Recreation
Facilities include a 900-foot sandy beach and two bathhouses, with flush toilets and changing areas for swimmers. You can bring your own small boat or canoe and launch it at the park's ramp. Motorized boats are not permitted. A large picnic grove and playground are available. The park is open weekends only from Memorial Day and daily from late June through Labor Day. 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.

Location
Clough State Park is nestled between SR 114 to the west, SR 77 to the north and SR 13 to the east. River Road and Mansion Road provides access to the park.

Climate
Winter can be cold with average temperatures ranging around 19 degrees Fahrenheit. The cold temperatures humidity bring heavy, water-laden snow to all parts of the state. Spring begins in mid-March and lasts through May. This time of the year is referred to as mud season in the mountains. The sugar is flowing early in the season and wild flowers bloom toward the end of it. Summer is the busiest season of the year for the tourism industry. This is an excellent time to travel, mountain roads are open and most of the mud has dried. Average summer temperatures range around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Fall brings the leaf lookers to see the spectacular colors of the deciduous trees. Expect to see bus loads of people enjoying the crisp fall New England weather.

Address
c/o NH Division of Parks & Recreation
P.O. Box 1856, 172 Pembroke Rd
Concord, NH 03302

Phone: 603-529-7112


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