Location: Off Route 114 &
13, Weare, NH
Swimming, picnicking, fishing, boating
Bathhouse, picnic tables, playing fields, boat launch
$4 for adults; $2 for children ages 6-11; children ages 5 and under and NH residents age 65 and over are admitted free.
Operation Schedule: Open full-time, 9:00am - 7:30pm, from June 21 through September 1, 2008, weather permitting.
of Campsites: None
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 Piscataquog 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 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.
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 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.
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.
This information was posted on June 1, 2008 and all information, services and fees are
subject to change. For current information you may wish to call 603-271-3556
or contact the park directly.