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Difficulty II
Length 4 Miles
Gauge ASHUELOT RIVER NEAR GILSUM, NH
Flow Range 430 - 1700 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 month ago 313 [CFS] ℹ️
Next Release 2008-05-03
Reach Info Last Updated 05/01/2018 8:54 pm

River Description


This is a fine class II river suitable for training and beginers. Easily accessed from a dirt road that follows this stretch of river.

The toughest rapids of the trip are just before the takeout under an old swinging suspension foot bridge.

Rapid Descriptions

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Release Schedule

We have had releases on this reach but don't show any currently. This information is gathered by the public. If you know about releases then contact us about them. If you would volunteer to enter the releases, then reach out to us.

Gauge Description


Visual Gage just upstream of Gilsum Gorge, on the river-right retaining wall, according to the 18-year-old AMC River Guide. 3.5 is minimum; 5.5 is high.
This section of the Ashuelot lies above the Surry mountain flood control dam and therefore is a natural flow river. 
A new USGS gauge is located atr the same location as the visual gage on river right of the stone arch bridge entrance to Gilsum gorge accessed from NH route 10.
 

 


Estimated chance (%) of finding the river runnable.
 

Month............% chance.................comment 
January ............ 0%....frozen. February.............0%....frozen March................20%....Usually frozen. April...............70%....Best chance May ................25%....Best chance in early May with rain. June.................8% July.................5% August...............5%....Just a trickle September...........10%....Tropical storms and their remains October........…....20% November............35%....Fall rains, dormant trees December............30%....River starts freezing about Christmas.

Be aware this is averaged out over several years. The % chance refers to the probability of finding the river running on any given day. For instance a 5% probability for August means on average you can only expect 1-1/2 days of water. One year there could be 3 days in August with water, other years none. Spring levels are usually higher than fall levels.
 

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Directions Description


We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

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Date Flow Result Factor  
2008-04-06 High n/a Other Read More

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Protecting Access to New Hampshire Rivers

2016-11-03 13:30:00-04
Robert Nasdor

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.

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Bellows Falls (VT) Flow Study Reveals Hidden Whitewater

2015-06-02 15:57:00-04
Robert Nasdor

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. 

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AW, MVP Protect Land and Access on the Contoocook River (NH)

2013-06-18 08:35:00-04
Robert Nasdor

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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