In 1929, the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) donated 1,020 acres to the Commonwealth for a state forest in Goshen, MA. Since then, more than 750 additional acres have been acquired to include Upper and Lower Highland Lakes, which offer a popular swimming beach, camp sites, a shady picnic area and a group picnic pavilion. (1)
In March 2015, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) awarded E.T.& L. Corp. a $2.28 million contract for the rehabilitation of the Upper Highland Lake dam, dike, and a portion of roadway. The rehabilitation project will provide improvements that will address safety deficiencies and improve the life expectancy of the dam and dike structures.
The work of this project includes removal of vegetation along both the dam and dike, re-grading of the crest and the downstream slope of the dam, and the replacement of the low level outlet structure and associated pipe work. The project also includes overtopping protection at the dike. New culverts will also be installed along Moore Hill Road to replace the existing deteriorated ones, and a portion of the roadway will be reconstructed and paved.
Since the roadways, walking trails and beach area are heavily used by pedestrians and campers, most of the work will take place during the park’s off-season. All work on this project is scheduled to be complete by June 2016.
(1) Mass DCR website