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Difficulty IV
Length 8.92 Miles
Flow Range 500 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 32 minutes ago 206 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 05/22/2014 6:31 pm

River Description

The East Branch of the Pemigewasset is a natural flow river best run in late April and May with the snowmelt from the high peaks of the White Mountains.

The river gets its start in the mountainous federally designated wilderness area upstream from the put-in. As a result the water is clean, clear, and usually cold when the river is running. Don't be fooled if the water looks too low; local river lore states that if it looks like there's enough water then it's probably too much!!!

This river is a classic New England run. Continuous whitewater, a few more difficult rapids, and lots of technical moves required. Many boaters consider this river one of the best regularly run rivers in New England.

With the exception of a few bigger rapids on either side of Loon Mountain, the entire run is similar in character. (Although some purists claim that the upper section, reachable only by walking upstream is the best.) The river is relatively wide (85') for a New England river. It is strewn with car (and larger) sized boulders. These boulders create extreme turbulence during high water. The rapids are continuous and at high water all blend all together for a long class IV-V run. Any swim at high levels may result in the loss of one's boat as it is quickly swept many miles downstream. Be aware because of the nature of this river, boulders (even large ones) move and shift every spring changing the river character.

The Upper East Branch of the Pemigewasset run starts below Franconia Falls at the confluence of Franconia Brook and the North Fork of the Pemigewasset. To reach it you must walk/carry/drag your boat up the Wilderness Trail three miles along the river. The upper section is a bit more technical and unforgiving then the lower sections. Additionally the riverbed is more wide open, requiring a bit more water to paddle.

If a long walk just to paddle a beautiful river doesn't appeal to you, then start your run (as most do) on the middle section of the East Branch at the Lincoln Woods Parking Area (sometimes called the Wilderness Parking area.) This section benefits from the added water coming in from the Hancock Branch just below the put-in.

The lower East Branch (starting at Loon Mountain) holds its water a little longer than the upper (ie, it can be paddled at slightly lower levels). The river bed narrows somewhat allowing for less choice of passages. You will notice a lot more civilization in this section. Condos, ski area base lodges, and parking lots are found along much of the run; even a hidden sewage treatment lagoon located between the takeouts. Still, the river is pretty, seems secluded in most spots, and has a few nice swimming holes. During late spring weekends the scenery basking in the sun on warm days is especially nice.

Scouting the Rapids

Loon Mountain Rapid is the only section where scouting is required. The rapids immediately above and below Loon Mountain require more caution for the boater new to the river, as does the fourth major drop in the upper section. The rest of the river can be easily boat-scouted. Indeed, given the large number of drops and the changing nature of the river each year, it is impossible for one to know what is coming and each run is always a new experience.

Strainers, obstructions, and other hazards.

Culvert Rapid, a short distance above Loon Mountain has a large steel pipe (culbert) in the middle of the channel at the bottom. It's easly avoided as long as you know it's there.  Hurricane Irene left most of Culvert Rapid unchanged except for the bottom which is more cluttered and technical.

At the bottom of Loon Mt. Rapid there is a large curved steel plate in the center of the right main channel of the river. The upstream end appears to be into the riverbed and the downstream end is up on a rock, so it just looks like a pour-over from upstream. From downstream you can see it is a large curved plate similar to the culvert plating in Culvert Rapid, but not a full section and not sticking up as much. It is located about 10 to 20 yards downstream of rapid section shown in the photo on the AW site description of Loon Mt. Rapid, at the last drop just before the left "sneak" route rejoins the main flow.

Three new strainers in Potash Rapid, above Loon Mountain - (04/04)

Since the beginning of April 2004, three strainers have fallen into the lower part of Potash Rapid (about 1.1 miles downstream of the Lincoln Woods put-in) on the E Branch Pemi. Two of the strainers, a Birch and an Evergreen, fell some time the week before 4/25 and the third, a tall dead Spruce, fell some time the week before 5/9. The branches of the dead Spruce can be seen sticking up well above the river as you approach that part of the rapid. Some of the branches of the dead Spruce stick down into the water and are close enough together that it is not possible to get a boat through. The trunk is far enough above the water that it looks possible to duck under it before the first branch, but the other two strainers are just downstream and stick out quite a bit beyond that. At low levels, portaging or lining on the left side of the channel is advised. At medium and high levels, it might be possible to maneuver around the strainer to the left, but scouting first is advised as rocks choke the left side of the channel.

(Thanks to Tommy T. and Norm R. for the above info.)


Fast rises/falls, flash flood potential

Note that the steep mountainous watershed causes the river to rise and fall rapidly. During periods of heavy rain the river can rise especially fast. This may catch old hands by surprise who expect a few hours of delay before any rain takes noticable effect.

An example is shown below (taken from the USGS Lincoln Gage). Note that in the space of only 15 minutes the flow increased by over 500 CFS; the increase over a two hour period was almost 2000 cfs, peaking at almost 3000 CFS before dropping back over the subsequent four hours. The Woodstock gage several miles downstream showed the same pattern of increase/decrease delayed by 20 minutes.

Date                    CFS      Level
2000.05.13 23:45:00     1190     2.85
2000.05.13 24:00:00     1160     2.82 <<< Flash flood starts
2000.05.14 00:15:00     1680     3.22 <<< 15 min 500 cfs increase
2000.05.14 00:30:00     1900     3.38
2000.05.14 00:45:00     2150     3.56
2000.05.14 01:00:00     2340     3.68
2000.05.14 01:15:00     2720     3.92 <<< Next hour 1000 cfs increase

2000.05.14 02:00:00     2860     4.01

2000.05.14 02:45:00     2910     4.03 <<< Peak

2000.05.14 03:00:00     2560     3.82
2000.05.14 04:00:00     2500     3.79
2000.05.14 05:00:00     2170     3.57
2000.05.14 06:00:00     2180     3.58
2000.05.14 07:00:00     1960     3.43 <<< Drops off over four hours


Technical info

Put in elevation........ 1410'
Lincoln Woods elevation. 1178'
Loon Mountain elevation.  943'
Upper takeout elevation.  817
Lower takeout elevation.  688'
Total drop..............  722'
Average drop/mile.......   81'...Including Loon Mtn rapids
Distance................  8.9 miles
Upper East Branch
  Mile 0-1 drop.........   93'...Starting just below Franconia Falls
  Mile 1-2 drop.........   55'
  Mile 2-3 drop.........   74'...Ending at Lincoln Woods Parking Area
Middle East Branch
  Mile 3-4 drop.........   63'...Includes Hancock
  Mile 4-5 drop.........   95'...Includes Potash
  Mile 5-5.4 drop.......   69'[173 ft/mi] Incl Culvert & Loon Mtn Rpds
Lower East Branch
  Mile 5.4-6.4 drop.....   89'...Includes Gov Adams
  Mile 6-4-7.4 drop.....   67'...Includes Mill Dam
  Mile 7.4-8.4 drop.....   84'...Incl South Mtn Rapid & Lincoln Bypass
  Mile 8.4-8.9 drop.....   15'[30 ft/mi]
Upper section width avg (not measured)
Middle section width avg 85'
Lower section width avg.55'
River geology...........Medium and large granite boulders, some ledges,
                        smaller boulders near lower section take out,
                        some ledge
River water quality.....Excellent, crystal clear upper and middle
                        sections; some degradation on lower section
                        after Lincoln sewage treatment plant (between
                        first & second takeout) at lower water levels.
Scenery.................Excellent mountain and forest scenery on Upper
                        & Middle sections. Good mountain scenery, ski
                        area, and condos line the banks most of the
                        lower section. Some old dam remains on lower
                        section with log cribbing and some rebarr.
Wildlife................Occasional deer, moose, tourist

Food, lodging, gas, etc.

Food: McDonalds, pizza and sub shops and more expensive eating establisments located in Lincoln.
Lodging: Many hotels and motels located in Lincoln and Woodstock.
Campgrounds: Hancock campground, located just before the put in on route 112, is run by the National Forest Service is open year round has nice wooded tent and small camper sites with picnic tables, modern outhouses, pump water, no electricity. Lost River Campground located 4 miles west of exit 32 on route 112 is a familly campground with all the amenities. Wooded sites with electricity, water available at sites. Sites for tents and campers of any size. Open early May until Columbus day.
Gas: There are several gas stations in town at the exit but it is expensive. The further south on 93 you get gas the less expensive it is. Exit 20 in Tilton (40 miles south) has the cheapest gas in the region.
Etc. Franconia Notch 6 miles further up interstate 93 has many hiking and biking trails, scenic areas such as the Basin, Flume, Cannon Mtn Arial Tramway. Rock climbing on Cannon Mountain. There are several outdoor shops in Lincoln. Outback Kayak located at the Mill marketplace on route 112 has paddling equipment.


Map of the Upper Pemigewasset Region

Upper Pemi Region
Map by Mark Lacroix


Rapid Descriptions

Upper Put In

Class - Mile - 0
The put-in for the Upper East Branch is a long three mile walk/carry/drag up an old railroad bed. Put on where a bridge crosses Franconia Brook.

Alternate (opposite) side put-in

Class - Mile - 0.1
An old logging/maintenance road follows the river on the other (south) side. Put in here at the confluence of Franconia Brook and the North Fork of the Pemigewasset (the opposite bank from the boaters in this picture) where a gravel bar allows easy access thru the woods.

Typical River Character

Class - Mile - 0.2
The Upper East Branch is a big wider and more open then the middle or lower sections requiring more water.

First Major Drop

Class - IV Mile - 0.3
The first major drop is a wide, technical medium length rapid. There are multiple routes thru the rapid. It can be easily boat scouted.

Second Major Drop

Class - IV Mile - 0.5
The river narrows a bit at the second major drop.

Third Major Drop

Class - IV Mile - 0.7
The third major drop is a longish technical rapid requiring good river reading skills and quick reactions.

Fourth Major Drop

Class - IV+ Mile - 1.1
The fourth major drop is a series of big holes and rocks. The easiest route is far right thru the biggest section. This drop can be easily seen and scouted from the railroad trail on the way in.

Fifth Major Drop

Class - IV Mile - 1.5
The fifth major drop is a very long rapid full or waves, holes, and rocks. Open boaters in particular may have trouble here as they quickly fill up and find no easy place to stop and empty.

Sixth Major Drop

Class - III+ Mile - 2
The sixth major drop is a longish technical rapid.

Seventh Major Drop

Class - IV Mile - 2.2
At the seventh major drop the river again narrows a big resulting in bigger waves and holes.

Eighth Major Drop

Class - IV Mile - 2.5
At the eighth major drop the river splits; the majority of the current flows left thru a steep narrow channel (currently blocked by a strainer). A small amount of current goes right. A manditory portage is currently required here.

Lincoln Woods Put-in

Class - N/A Mile - 3

The put-in at Lincoln Woods parking area is the most common access point. Put on under the suspension bridge.


Class - IV Mile - 3.2
Once you pass Hancock campground on your right you will notice a large granite ledge on river left just before and after the confluence of Hancock branch. The river drops over two boulder strewn slides (above and below confluence) with lots of grabby holes.

Unnamed Rapid

Class - IV Mile - 3.4
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Shortly after Hancock, the channel narrows again on the left.  There are several large holes at the bottom.

Unnamed Rapid

Class - IV Mile - 3.6
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The third difficult drop near the beginning of the Lincoln Woods section. Again watch for large holes where the channel narrows.


Class - IV Mile - 4.1
Another boulder strewn stairstep rapid. This rapid is just downstream from a large Mack truck sized boulder next to the first home you come up to on river right.


Class - IV Mile - 4.9
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After passing a series of condos on your left, the river splits around an island, at low levels the left channel is too scratchy to be much fun. The right channel is narrow (25 feet) but steep. Many holes force the paddler to dart around the narrow channel. Just before the river joins up with its other half you will notice the remains of a dam on river right. There are also two large culvets in the river bed that must be avoided. Be aware fo another culvert downstream in the middle of the channel, as of September 2001, the openning of this culvert was facing downstream but high water could once again turn this culvert into a more dangerous position.

Upper Loon Rapid

Class - IV Mile - 5.1
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Just before reaching Loon Mountain Ski Area, and shortly after the end of Culvert Rapid in a longish, pushy, technical rapid.  The river is wide open here and there are multiple channels and routes.  The huge number of large boulders and holes require constant maneuvering.  This is the longest difficult stretch on the river.  Go left at the bottom and take out to scout Loon Mountain Rapid.

Loon Mtn. Rapid

Class - IV Mile - 5.4

Update: Post-Hurricane Irene this is a different rapid. The upper section is easier; at the bottom the left is more technical and pushy.  [Prior description: At the bridge to Loon Mountain ski area, the river drops over the most difficult rapid on the Pemi. This rapid has changed over the past several years, a flood in 1994 undermined the bridge abutments. The bridge abutments were repaired and the riverbed was filled with blasted rock just downstream of the abutments. This changed the rapid considerably leaving no good channel to run until the river scoured out a couple of channels over the past few years. The far left channel is easiest; it starts just past the bridge and is mostly a clean stair step drop onto the head of a rock island that splits the river. At this point you can maneuver to river right and complete the drop through a myriad of sharp pinning boulders that require lots of maneuvering or you can stay in the river left channel at higher water levels for an easier run. The right channel at the top of the rapid is more difficult because of the precise lines required to run it successfully. The usual route threads a pushy course along the left side of the channel bouncing thru some big waves. At higher water you can also thread your way down a narrow chute towards the right side of the channel. Scout this rapid carefully before you run.]

Governor Adams

Class - IV Mile - 5.7

The river drops over the rubble left over from a dilapidated dam. There only seem to be boulders and some concrete in this drop but be aware that there could be rebar or spikes. Holes and pinning rocks are the greatest hazard here. Post-Hurricane Irene Update: This rapid is now more technical and difficult, especially at the bottom.

Unnamed Rapid

Class - IV Mile - 5.8
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The channel narrows again along the right. Watch for holes and pinning rocks.

Unnamed Rapid

Class - IV Mile - 6.1
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Look for this rapid near where the Loon Ski area snowmaking intake is.

Unnamed Rapid

Class - IV Mile - 6.2
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The river opens up for this steep rapid.

Unnamed Rapid

Class - IV Mile - 6.5
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Another nice class IV after a short class II stretch.

Mill Dam

Class - IV+ Mile - 6.9

Once you view the USGS gauging building on your right, take out on river left on a gravel beach and scout the next drop. The rapid funnels through a cut in the log cribbing of an old delapitated dam then slides over a smooth ledge with two river wide hydraulics. At low water the upper hydraulic is worse, while at high water the lower one is. These hydraulics can hold boats and boaters for sometime and most people choose to walk around this rapid. There is a sneak route on the far left and another just to the left of the holes. The far left requires a paddler to scrape over ledge halfway down if the water is medium or lower. The usual route would be to run the tightrope just left of the holes and right of the shallow ledge. You can easily get off line here and end up in one of the holes.

South Mountain Rapid

Class - IV Mile - 7.4
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After Mill dam the river widens and can be a little scratchy at low levels. Most of the water in the river then channels to the left and is only about 25' wide at this point. Rapids pick up to the South Mountain bridge crossing. After the bridge the river drops over a constricted boulder pile that requires precise manuevering. At the base of the drop a nice series of surfing waves form with a convinient eddy on river left at medium levels.

Unnamed Rapid

Class - IV Mile - 7.8
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Another nice class IV.

Unnamed Rapid

Class - IV Mile - 8.2
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Good view of this rapid from the I-93 bridges.  At medium or high levels the waves can get quite big here due to the large gradient.


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Matt Muir
12 years ago

From longtime AW member Jim Sindelar:

I ran this yesterday (4/20/06).

The level during my run was just under 1 foot on the Kank. Bridge boaters gage. The rapids were definitely "white," not green flowing water. I would call it a delightful and exciting level on the low side of "medium," definitely not a scratchy low water run. Thus the meaning of the gage has continued to evolve and now seems to be back to the early days of the first gage when 1 foot meant a good medium level.

The strainer identified in the river left drop by the island requiring a portage in 2004 is no longer a problem. The trunk of the tree is still there, but has settled into the river deeply enough that with good control, a clear run is available.

Gauge Description

There are two gages commonly used by paddlers. There is a painted boaters gauge on the downstream river right abutment of the Kancamaugus bridge near the Lincoln Woods put-in. A USGS gauge on the East Branch in Lincoln came online in 1994. Both gages have had changes in measurements over time. The USGS gage has been recalibrated several times due to changes in the riverbed cross-section. Further complicating correlations between the USGS gage and the visual paddlers gauge has been the work performed on the Kancamaugus bridge during the summer of 2001. The table below is the best guess as to paddling levels for both gages. This table will be updated as more information is collected.

    Lincoln USGS           Visual gauge           Boating level
    EB Gauge cfs           @ Kanc bridge          Interpretation

    350 cfs – 450 cfs      about  .6’  to  .9’    Scratchy low
    450 cfs – 1120 cfs     about  .9’ to 1.5’     Low to medium
    1120 cfs- 2500 cfs     about 1.5’ to 1.9’     Medium
    Over 2500 cfs          greater than 1.9’      High


Gage Details and River Level Observations

The painted paddlers gage on the Kancamaugus bridge has been there for decades and is a well-known paddling reference. However during the summer of 2001 work was performed on the bridge. Many rocks were disturbed and the channel leading up to the visual gage was partially reconstructed. Additionally some of the boulders washed down below the gauge and formed a small dam backing the water up to the painted gage. Recent reports (Spring 2004) suggest that the river may be scouring out the channel restoring the riverbed. The graph below shows the current best-guess regarding correlations between older (pre-2001) and current readings. The graph will be updated as more information is collected. Paddlers with either older (1994-2001) or current observations of gage correlations are requested to send them to the streamkeeper. Update Post-Hurricane Irene: The river channel next to the Paddlers' Gage was changed again and appears to be filled in slightly.  Readings below 1' must be estimated.  Readings about 1' appear to correspond to historical levels; however many rapids have changed making older descriptions less reliable at best.

Paddler's Gage vs CFS: Original values vs current readings.
Comparison chart showing change in Paddler's Gage due to bridge reconstruction.


Changes in USGS Gage Level vs CFS due to deterioration of crib dam.

The USGS gage is located at Mill Dam Rapid immediately above an old logging crib dam that has been deteriorating over time (changing the riverbed cross-section). In 2003 a large portion of the crib dam was removed. Additionally in 2001 the gage intake pipe was relocated approximately 50 feet upstream furthur changing the riverbed cross-section used for gage measurements. To compensate the USGS has recalibrated the gage-height-to-CFS rating chart approximately every four years. On the average during the past decade, the flow measurement for medium paddling level gage readings has increased by 50-100 CFS per-year in-between recalibrations. Paddlers should take this into account when reading the gage and computing current CFS flow rating. (I.E. A gage measurement of 7 feet last year will not be the same as 7 feet this year!!!) The graph below shows a comparison of the different rating tables for each recalibration.



Rising/Peaking Gauge Correlation observations East Branch Pemigewassett River

Date          Time          Kanc Bridge      
USGS East Branch      
Gage Level
CFS          Interpretation
5/3/09 12:00 N 1.1 6.56 RS* 891 Medium-Low
4/13/02 10:00 AM 1.5 7.79 RS* 1110 Medium
4/25/09 5:00 PM 1.6 7.16 RR* 1300 High
4/13/02 3:00 PM 1.7 7.88 RS* 1220 Medium
4/17/02 5:00 pm 2.8 10.86 P* 4850 Very High

Falling/Steady Gauge Correlation observations East Branch Pemigewassett River

Date          Time          Kanc Bridge      
USGS East Branch      
Gage Level
CFS          Interpretation
4/12/02 11:00 AM 0.9 7.04 S* 433 Very Low
5/05/07 12:15 PM 0.95 6.73 S* 650 Medium Low
5/07/11 1:00 PM 1.0 6.23 V* 813 Medium
5/20/14 3:30 PM 1.05 5.8 FS 710 Medium Low
4/11/02 10:30 AM 1.1 7.15 S* 497 Low
5/24/06 3:00 PM 1.1 6.95 S* 785 Low
4/24/09 1:00 PM 1.15 6.59 FS* 912 Medium
4/25/09 10:00 AM 1.15 6.62 V* 927 Medium
4/21/02 4:00 PM 1.2 7.31 FS* 624 Medium Low
9/10/04 4:45 PM 1.3 7.3 F* 910 Medium
10/28/07 4:30 PM 1.3 7.37FS* 1140 Medium
5/21/06 10:30 AM 1.35 7.35 S* 1060 Medium
10/10/05 6:00 PM 1.375 7.30 S* 1000 Medium
10/28/07 1:30 PM 1.4 7.46FS* 1200 Medium
10/10/05 4:30 PM 1.4 7.34 S* 1030 Medium
10/10/05 10:00 AM 1.5 7.52 FS* 1170 Medium
5/17/06 6:30 PM 1.6 7.6 S* 1260 Medium Low
4/30/11 10:00 AM 1.6 7.42 FR* 1610 Medium High
4/28/09 11:45 AM 1.95 7.89 FS* 1940 High
10/09/05 6:00 PM 2.1 8.74 FR* 2450 Very High

*RR=rising rapidly RS=rising slowly S=steady FR=falling rapidly FS=falling slowly P=Peaking V=Valley between peaks

Estimated chance (percent) of finding the river runnable.

    January ............ 0%....frozen.
    March................5%....Usually frozen.
    April...............70%....Best chance mid to late April
    May ................50%....Best chance in early May.
    August...............5%....Just a trickle
    September...........10%....Tropical storms and their remains
    November............45%....Fall rains, dormant trees
    December............30%....River starts freezing early to mid month. 

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. The river rises and falls rapidly because of the small steep watershed. An occasional summer storm could bring the river up for a day.


Directions Description

Put in

Interstate 93 to exit 32. State route 112 (Kancamaugus Highway) east for approximately 5-1/2 miles.
Take a left at the Lincoln Woods recreation center just after crossing over the East Branch Bridge (sometimes called the Wilderness Parking Area). There is a large parking lot here with bathrooms and a visitor center with information for the hikes out of this area.

Note: At the Lincoln Woods put-in, it will be necessary to have a White Mountain National Forest parking sticker . These can be purchased at the put in at the Lincoln Woods visitor center or the information center just off the exit for rt 112 (Kancamaugus Highway). They are also available at information centers off exits 23 and 28.

The put-in for the middle section is down a steep bank in front of the visitors center just under a suspension footbridge used for hikers next to the parking lot (44.0638,-71.5904).

For the upper section you can carry/drag your boat 3 miles up the Wilderness Trail (a former railroad bed) and put-in where the bridge crosses Franconia Brook near a National Forest wilderness campground. The walk (with an open boat on wheels) takes approximately two hours. Make sure you walk up along the north side of the river along the old railroad bed instead of the hilly road which follows the river's south edge.

Loon Mountain take-out/put-in

Head back in the direction you came on route 112 towards Lincoln, go 2.5 miles to the entrance to Loon Mountain ski area. Take a left here and make your way to the lower parking lot under the bridge you just came over. To access the river above Loon Mtn Rapid, drive to the lower ski area parking lot on river left across the bridge from the Kancamagus (44.0567,-71.6340).

To access the river below Loon Mtn Rapid then park on river right in a picnic area located behind the steam locomotive.

South Mountain Bridge Take-Out

The upper take-out is located behind the main shopping center in Lincoln off Dodgeville Rd (44.0473,-71.6596). Drive back into Lincoln. Turn left just after some stores and restaurants and just before the bigger shopping center. Proceed down towards the river and cross over the bridge that spans both channels. Take out on the river left channel under the bridge (half-way down the rapid).

Woodstock Take-Out

Drive west thru Lincoln, under Interstate-93, and continue to a traffic light in Woodstock just past where it crosses over the Pemigewasset (approximately 3.2 miles). Turn left, then less then 1/4 mile take a left and park behind the Woodstock Fire Station. There is a small playground here with a porta-potty.

From the river, continue downstream past the South Mountain Bridge, after you pass under the high Interstate-93 bridge and then the railroad bridge take the river right channel. This channel will bring you back to the takeout just after the confluence with the main stem of the Pemigewassett river coming out of Franconia Notch.

Note: Do NOT take-out behind the IGA by the electrical substation any more. Although in use for decades, this take-out has been recently developed, is no longer secluded, and the homeowners association has barred boater from using it.


No Accident Reports




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