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Difficulty II(III)
Length 2.8 Miles
Flow Range 2.00 - 5.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 1.05 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 05/02/2018 2:09 pm

River Description

Thanks to Allan Berggren for the following information
Put in at the covered bridge 1/2 mi w. of hwy 10 1.5 mi n. of Newport. First mile is easy I-II to Green bridge (Oak St.), then becomes steady Class II for 1.5 mi. The stream broadens, then narrows, confined by boulders to a II-III drop, called Sweet Tooth, because of a large stone in the center. River turns right, along shale bank on left, dropping in staircase fashion for 100 yds. Turning left again, it resumes descent above old bridge abutments. After passing an island, the stream again broadens for the last half-mile before the Kellyville bridge takeout, on the right.

Rapid Descriptions


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Merrimack Valley Paddlers
4 years ago

obstructing tree in side channel has since washed out, but warning remains to exercise caution in entering any side channel you can't see all the way through.

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11 years ago

I ran the river today for the first time with my son. We had a great time and the abandoned railroad grade that is now a biking path, runs right along the river, from the take-out at the Route 103 bridge, all the way up to the put in near Oak Street. This makes a self shuttle easy and very convenient.

Gage Descriptions

USGS gage is located downstream of the takeout in Claremont. The Sugar drains Lake Sunapee, a large lake that tends to regulate flow on the river. The Sugar rises and drops more slowly than other rivers in the region. The lake also keeps the Sugar running later in the season, sometimes mid to late May.

USGS             cfs           Interpretation

 ~1.9                          Minimum
 <2.3                          Scratchy
 <2.5                          Low
 <3.2            1080          Low to medium  
 <4.0            1880          Medium
 <4.4                          Medium high    
 >4.5                          High

Directions Description

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1209451 05/02/18 Alex Barham Location
1190981 04/25/02 Skip Morris n/a
1199962 04/29/11 Skip Morris