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Difficulty II(III) at this flow (I-II(III) normally)
Length 0.25 Miles
Flow Range 250 - 2400 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago ~ 3.85 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 10/16/2014 7:24 pm

River Description

Packers falls is a park-and play spot near Durham, or the apex of a short float from Wiswall dam. 

During high runnoff this short section can be very fun, but be wary of ice chunks and a big ice shelf in the pool below. 

This is basically a park and play spot with a small 6 ft drop at the top leading through a little rock garden into a big pool. You can also run from Wiswall dam down to Packers falls. The section between is scenic class I-II at all but high flows. 


Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

The gauge is downstream in Newmarket but there are few feeders so the flow should be similar for packers. 

Directions Description

From Durham, head toward Newmarket on 101. Take a right on Bennett Road. Parkinglot is on the left just before the intersection with Packers Falls, Road. 

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