This section of the Smith is often run as a continuation of the upper class IV run. Put in is on Cass Mill Road just below Rays Rapid. The river from here starts with many short class II-III rapids. The rapids get easier as you head downstream. About a mile into the journey the river splits with most of the water going into the left channel. Watch out for strainers in this narrowed river section. Take out at the Berry Road bridge.
This is well downstream of the recommended take-out for this section, after mostly flatwater. However, it is worth noting here as a warning for any novice to intermediate boaters who may consider running the Smith to the confluence with the Pemigewasset. According to some reports, Profile Falls is a "class 5 lead-in to a class 6 drop." (YMMV)
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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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