Smith - 2) Cass Mill Road to Berry Road

Smith, New Hampshire, US


2) Cass Mill Road to Berry Road

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 2.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 50 fpm
Max Gradient 75 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01078000 425 - 1650 cfs II-III 00h38m 109 cfs (too low)
Probably too low for enjoyable whitewater. USGS gauge (85.8 sq.mi.drainage) lies ~1.5 miles downstream of take-out. Flow at put-in will be somewhat less as handful of tributaries come in along the run.

River Description

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.

Put in elevation 605 ft
Take out elevation    480 ft
Total drop 125 ft
Distance 2.5 miles
Average gradient 50 ft/mile
Scenery Mostly wooded; A couple of homes along the way.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2011-11-25 12:39:31


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Profile FallsVWaterfall

Rapid Descriptions

Profile Falls (Class V)

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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