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Thomaston Dam Riding Thread

Discussion in 'Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carp' started by Rodknee, May 3, 2017.

  1. RRM707

    RRM707 Yeah, whatever...

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    From The US Army Corps of Engineers, today.

    In accordance with the most recent USACE directives, Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) Stay-At-Home and Safe Practices Advisory, the following COVID-19 measures continue at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Thomaston Dam, Northfield Brook Lake and Black Rock Lake in Thomaston, CT.
    --The OHV area (dirtbike trails) are CLOSED to riding until further notice.
    -The top of the Thomaston Dam is open to foot traffic only, limited parking is available at the Vista Picnic Area. Please do not park on grass.
    -Leadmine area, including the Nutmeg Fliers Field is closed to vehicles. Foot traffic only.
    -Black Rock Lake and Northfield Brook Lake are closed to vehicles. Foot traffic only.
    - Recreation facilities, including public restrooms and trash receptacles, are closed to the public until further notice.
    - The Thomaston Dam & Black Rock Lake Offices are closed to the public until further notice. Access is limited to mission essential employees, shipping companies, contractors and essential service personnel.
    - All USACE sponsored events, on-site interpretive programming and volunteer activities are cancelled until further notice.
    - No new Special event or activity permits will be issued until further notice; those permits that have already been issued will be considered for revocation based upon latest Public Health guidelines.
    The recreation & reservoir areas remain open and accessible to the public for walk-in traffic only, AS ALLOWED WITHIN STATE OF CONNECTICUT ORDERS AND
    ADVISORIES, should individuals and their families wish to get outside for healthy, outdoor recreational activity. For this measure to continue, and for the health and safety of all, visitors must adhere to the following guidelines:
    - Stay home if feeling sick.
    - Avoid activities where individuals will come in close contact with one another and/or gathering in groups of ten or more.
    - Maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet.
    - Should crowds begin to form at various locations, visitors are asked to leave that area, choose a different location or return at a later date/time.
    - Practice healthy personal hygiene.
    - Leave no trace. Take all trash, including pet waste, with you when you leave the property. Violators are subject to fine and removal.
    - Avoid touching surfaces frequently touched by others including, but not limited to, benches, picnic tables, railings and signs. These surfaces are not being cleaned. Sanitize your hands if you do.
    We hope everyone is remaining healthy and safe. We look forward to the end of this event when we are able to provide these recreational opportunities without limitations.
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  2. V8

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    Good information. I guess that sums it up for now. Thanks @RRM707
  3. gmk999

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    Dam is still closed this weekend amid a bit of controversy ..
  4. V8

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    Ok, ill bite, what controversy
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  5. P 0 P E Y E

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    Thinking that as restrictions are lifted.... reasons for remaining closed will dry up.

    at least COVID reasons
  6. gmk999

    gmk999 ____ as a Rotax

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    Sorry , I didn't post as a teaser.. Not bike related. (though I kind of wish it was)
    Apparently there is a bit of an issue with there being no elderly /handicapped access to the Dam or leadmine brook area. The only parking has no safe access . the front gate is locked and the rangers station parking area is blocked with Jersey barriers. The out and back across the dam is a popular spot for the area elderly to walk/ drive. There was a" news"crew doing interviews there the other day. I was not there so this is second hand info.
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  7. lonsomecrow

    lonsomecrow Been here awhile

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    Any updates on Dam ride opening ?
  8. RRM707

    RRM707 Yeah, whatever...

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    No. Subscribe to this thread, & you will be one of the first to know any updates.
  9. Scottyluc

    Scottyluc Been here awhile

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    Unfortunately, no.
  10. lonsomecrow

    lonsomecrow Been here awhile

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    still closed? :)
  11. RRM707

    RRM707 Yeah, whatever...

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    Yes.
  12. MakoRich

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    Does anyone have any info? I heard it was closed for non Greenway/motorcycle issues related to handicap access but that doesn't make sense if it is open to hikers.

    They are driving and parking too aren't they? Anyone we can get a letter writing campaign to? After the last year of fighting the Greenway I am fearing the worst. I can see our state legislature keeping it closed all summer then quietly opening up Greenway access in the fall when nobody is paying attention.
  13. Dualsport Chic

    Dualsport Chic Long timer Supporter

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    This has NOTHING to do with the State - this is a Federal issue as the dam is controlled by the Army Corps of Engineers and it impacts ACoE sites across the Country. Throwing up rumors does little but stir the pot. Stay tuned to the Thomaston Dam Riders FB page as the Pathfinders Organization is in touch with the ACoE over the issue and information will be forthcoming as it is available.
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  14. Scottyluc

    Scottyluc Been here awhile

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    The Dam closure is strictly related to Covid 19. Nothing else. As DS Chic stated, all decisions Dam related are coming from a Federal level. The state has no say on that land.

    The Greenway will not be open in the Fall or any time soon. Even if all the stars came into alignment and somehow the Greenway project was approved in full (WHICH IT HAS NOT BEEN!!!!!) there would be a a very large construction project to build a bridge across the river as well as walkway improvements. All of this work comes at a monetary cost. None of which as been approved/awarded.

    Please be patient. We are all anxious to ride the Dam again!
  15. MakoRich

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    While I agree that I am a bit of a conspiracy theorist, ACOE land is not closed to motorcycling due to Covid. Other areas are open to riding. Hodges Village dam opened a month ago. Other federal land such as Taskers Gap are open as well. Thomaston seems to be unique in its closure due to Covid.
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  16. Mikey97d

    Mikey97d Been here awhile

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    Those areas are not in Connecticut. There's no conspiracy. Blame Connecticut not the ACoE for different State policies for opening during the Covid.
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    There seems to be no rhyme or reason behind the ACOE. As an avid white water paddler . I have been involved with countless efforts to maintain a useable release schedule, or at least a few scheduled releases a Year on the West river Vt., (when I started paddling there were 16@2-day releases per year running through Jamaica st park) Now we are lucky to get one one day release late in September) The Bureaucracy is dumfounding. Ultimately though, decisions are made by the ACOE (all of them unfavorable to the WW community and the Town of Jamaica ). No-one seems to know where the decision is made. You are lucky to get beyond the dude in the white truck driving between dams all day. He/she always is your friend, and on your side but is just following policy. But of course doesn't know the policy makers name."feel free to call the office to discuss it." is the standard line.
    I wonder what will happen when the Greenway passes ? Promoted as a tourist attraction . Won't they have to remain open all year./

    Ct has been open since the 17th. The opening was planned weeks in advance. I don't think that Ct state and local parks were ever closed ,just limited to a certain # of parking spaces to promote social distancing. Just Campgrounds were closed
  18. Scottyluc

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    Some state parks were/are still closed. Kent Falls being one of them. The state forests were never closed.
    For those that think it's a conspiracy against motorcycles let it be known that all the Rec areas are closed to everything but foot traffic. That includes the Nutmeg Fliers Field on the other side of the river.
    Tony Gasper, the former NETRA president, made a good point in one of his many responses regarding the dam closure in that the primary function of the Dam is flood control. Not recreation.

    The USACE is not in favor of the proposed Greenway. They are firmly on our side here. If the Greenway were to somehow get the green light it would be up to the USACE to not only plan/construct the route but also maintain it year round. They currently do not have the manpower to do this.
    All of this has been discussed in several of the Greenway reports.

    Again I ask that everyone be patient. This is nothing more than another Covid 19-related inconvenience plain and simple.
  19. Scottyluc

    Scottyluc Been here awhile

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    Ok All, Here it is!!
    PLEASE abide by the guidelines presented below!
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  20. MakoRich

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    Looks like the will open July 6!