Contoocook, New Hampshire, US
|Usual Difficulty||III-IV (varies with level)|
|Avg. Gradient||54 fpm|
|Max Gradient||70 fpm|
|CONTOOCOOK RIVER NEAR HENNIKER, NH|
|usgs-01085000||6.00 - 14.99 ft||II(III)||02h03m||6.52 ft (running)|
|A bit boney, but enjoyable.|
Put in elevation........550' Take out elevation......400' Total drop..............150' Average drop/mile.......50' Distance................3.0 miles River width average.....50' River geology...........Small to medium granite boulders River water quality.....Fair to good, clarity fair to good. Scenery.................Good forested scenery, a few homes along the way. Wildlife................Deer, Merganzers, Blue herons.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.0||Rivers of the lower Contoocook region|
Playfull little rapid with lots of surfing possibillities. The hole at the bottom of this rapid is the best on the river. Great playspot.
Stay left of center then move left. Right side of this rapid has left over dam debris.
Great surfing and play area. Hole by the rock in river center left under the power lines is a good ender spot.
River takes a sharp right then drops through a long series of twisting channels, holes, and other goodies. River right at the top of the rapid has a nice 4' to 6' verticle drop between boulders at levels above 8.6'. The last two ledges on the river should be run from center (first ledge) to right (last ledge) to avoid stickey holes. Last ledge has a stickey trashy playspot on the left.
Long rapid with large holes. Stay in the middle to avoid nasty pourovers and pinning spots along both shores. All holes in the middle can be punched but may flip you. At levels above 9.5 there is a nice surfing wave on river left about 3/4 of the way through the rapid.
The map on the right shows the old take out prior to June of 2004. Be aware this takeout could shortly or may even be now posted "No tresspassing". The new take out is river left 3/4 of a mile further downstream just past the twin truss bridges.