The Upper Connecticut is well known for its trout fishing, not whitewater. Most of the major drops on the river were damed up many years ago creating several lakes including First, Second, and Third Connecticut lakes and Lake Francis. Shortly downstream from the outlet to Lake Francis is a short creeky section that is seldom run. This section has several ledge drops that culminates in one larger drop right at the covered bridge takeout. Be aware that portaging and scouting is difficult because of steep banks and thickly wooded banks with many fallen spruce trees.
7 years ago
by Mark Lacroix
USGS gage located a couple miles downstream of the run. Often runs in summer and when dam releases for peaking power. 500 cfs is considered minimum but could be run lower. Above 1500 cfs this run becomes continuous and rather dangerous.
Permits are not required for this reach.
To get to the put in take NH rt 3 to the center of Pittsburg. Take a right on NH rt 145. Travel a 1/4 mile downhill, just after the bridge over the Connecticut take a left on Cedar Stream Rd. The put in is on the left right after the turn.
To get back to the take out go back to NH rt 3 and take a left. Travel approximately 1 mile take a left on a minor road (Bacon rd.) that goes to a covered bridge that is closed to vehicle traffic but open to foot traffic.
Covered bridge take out
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Northeast boaters can celebrate that another beloved whitewater gem has been protected. Paddlers on the Winnipeseaukee River are now assured that the put-in on the Lower Winni in Northfield, NH will be forever protected thanks to the donation of a parcel from Gloria Blais in memory of her husband Roger. Gloria donated the land to the Town of Northfield for the purpose of assuring that future generations of boaters will have access to the river. Protecting river access to the Winni is part of an ongoing effort by AW in the northeast region to protect river access.
A hardy group of northeast boaters climbed into the natural river channel below a hydropower dam to participate in a flow study designed to assess whether whitewater flows should be restored to this dewatered river reach on the Connecticut River. While significant obstacles remain, this site has the potential for providing instruction, playboating, and a big water feature that that could be run throughout much of the year and provide a much needed boost to the local economy.
American Whitewater and Merrimack Valley Paddlers have reached an agreement to purchase a 10-acre parcel fronting on Contoocook River in Henniker, NH. The land serves as an important launch point for whitewater paddlers enjoying the popular section of the river that runs from Hillsborough to Henniker. This section of the Contoocook River contains rapids ranging in difficulty from Class II to Class IV.
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