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Difficulty II
Length 5.5 Miles
Flow Range 175 - 225 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 57 minutes ago 15.1 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 05/04/2018 3:33 pm

River Description

The first drop below the dam out of Vilas pool is a rather friendly-looking six-foot drop over a

rocky ledge. Then levels to a Class II through to Drewsville Gorge, which is a V-VI stenotic twist,
with a 12-ft drop in the middle, often jammed with logs. Permission is an issue portaging the


The gauge is located at the takeout of Section 2. The flow range is an estimate based on the 75th percentile. If you run the Cold please leave comments with more beta and feedback on the flow range.

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Protecting Access to New Hampshire Rivers

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

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)

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.


Alex Barham


Matt Muir


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1209283 04/18/18 Alex Barham Location and Info
1209474 05/04/18 Alex Barham Flow and Description
1190958 10/13/05 n/a n/a