Isinglass - Isinglass Falls

Isinglass, New Hampshire, US


Isinglass Falls

Usual Difficulty IV (for normal flows)
Length 1 Miles

Isinglass Falls at 170 cfs

Isinglass Falls at 170 cfs
Photo of Clinton Begley by Clinton Begley taken 11/12/14 @ 170 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01072870 160 - 260 cfs IV 00h39m 374 cfs (too high)

River Description

Park at the Isinglass Recreation Area parking lot operated by the nearby Waste Management company. The area features a number of loop trails that locals use to walk their dogs, jog, and ride bikes. Most trails lead to the falls, but the quickest route is to take the trail to the right as you're facing the main sign, and then the first left. Follow your intuition and your ears to the falls (down hill), maybe a 5 minute walk. 

The falls itself features a tricky lead-in, with much of the water pushing into a rock face on river left before pouring roughly 12-15 feet vertically into a meaty hole. At lower flows, around 170, it's difficult to run a straight line on the drop as their are guard rocks. Lower than that is really tricky to get on line. The water pushes left to right across the lip and it's shallow. 
The fall-line is split two-thirds of the way from the left bank by a large protruding rock. This rock divides the flow and forms a sloping/curving chute down the right side. 

There is a large pool at the bottom. Locals dive into this pool at low water and I am told it is very deep. There is a small shelf on the right at the bottom of the main drop. Go off the tongue left of center for guaranteed deepness. Or get a boof stroke in about 1/3 of the way down the tongue. 

I'm sure it was run before we did it, but Brooke Sofferman and I put it on the books November, 2014. 


Description and photos by Clinton Begley

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-05-01 22:48:39


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Isinglass FallsIVWaterfall

Rapid Descriptions

Isinglass Falls (Class IV)

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