Ashuelot, New Hampshire, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-IV (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||55 fpm|
|Max Gradient||80 fpm|
|ASHUELOT RIVER AT HINSDALE, NH|
|usgs-01161000||4.50 - 7.00 ft||II-IV||01h10m||4.25 ft (too low)|
Put in elevation........430' Take out elevation......239' Total drop..............191' Average drop/mile.......55' Distance................3.5 miles River width average.....85' River water quality.....Poor to fair, water clarity fair. Scenery.................poor in spots, a few factories along the way.
Flood of 2005
On October 9th of 2005 the Hindsdale gage peaked out at well over 10000 cfs from the remains of a tropical storm that inundated southwestern New Hampshire. Flood damage along this section is significant and still being evaluated at this time. Apparently the two dams (upper and lower Robertson dams) were breached during this hydroligical event. There are also reports of paper mill machinery washed into the river. Be aware and paddle with care.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
This is the toughest section of river on this trip. Just below the dam you will be passing a paper mill. There is a lot of trash in this area from that mill. Just below the factory bridge is the toughest rapid on the lower Ash. This is Papermill rapid. There is a rather clean straight line through this rapid just right of center. To the left is a series of holes that can swallow an open boat. The rest of this section is continuous class III+ water with little let up.
This section of the river can be easily scouted from the road on river right that you can pick up a mile or a mile and a half downriver from the put in, off of 119.
At 700 CFS (about 4.5 feet), this section is a 2+; at 1000 (4.9 feet), it is a good beginner's class 3. At 1500 cfs (5.35 ft), the river becomes much pushier. At this level, Paper Mill Rapid becomes a big water class 3+ to 4, depending on your rating system.
Video of the Ash at 5.3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsZIArarLlo&feature=colike