Mascoma - 1. Mascoma Lake to Route 4, Lebanon

Mascoma, New Hampshire, US


1. Mascoma Lake to Route 4, Lebanon

Usual Difficulty II-III(IV) (for normal flows)
Length 3.9 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01150500 350 - 1500 cfs II-III(IV) cfs

River Description

This section is listed in Let it Rain.


Drawdowns of Mascoma Lake likely make this section runnable in the fall. For some hairy stuff, check out the Downtown section.


The United State Geologic Survey discontinued reporting flow and stage levels at their gage station located at the Mascoma Lake out flow.  The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services took over the gage shortly thereafter and started posting information at their site.  Click Here.

The only reason for a maximum level in is because of strainers on the banks. The actual difficulty of the whitewater does not change much (just a little pushier and fewer rocks).


There is a gauge located in another branch of this system which could be used for correlation. However, there is no 75th percentile or paddler observations to base any correlation off of. If you run this section please check the online gauge and leave a comment with the flow and a description of the run.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-05-04 16:30:00

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

Users can submit comments.
March 17 2016 (857 days ago)
olaf37 (147567)
Jimmy and I paddled yesterday. Strainers are everywhere, but all passable. However, the long left
channel that starts just above the beaver pond is hopelessly blocked. Takeout, now upstream of the
water works on left, has a rather steep climb-out. One must hike across a river bridge on the rail
trail to exit. Alden Bird, in Let it Rain, says there is no permission to park alongside the rail
trail below the old mill, but his description of a portage river left of the dam is invalid, for
the takeout is now fenced off by the water works. If you positioned a cart, you could walk, carry
or drag 1/2 mile back to the covered bridge parking area., I have run the dam off a jump platform
far right, just left of a barrier rock below, but a friend's paddling hobby ended when he got
carried along the boil line until he was spit out at the far left end.

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