Suncook - 2. Pittsfield to North Chichester

Suncook, New Hampshire, US


2. Pittsfield to North Chichester

Usual Difficulty I-II+(III) (for normal flows)
Length 6 Miles
Avg. Gradient 20 fpm
Max Gradient 30 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01089100 5.20 - 11.00 ft I-II+(III) 00h36m 6.02 ft (running)

River Description

The Suncook is a nice medium sized river with class I-II+ rapids. The river usually runs in late March and April. The river starts out with quickwater and a few easy rapids. The action picks up as you approach the bridge at Webster Mills. Take out and scout this drop, the best route is usually right of center avoiding a wide hole. In high water this section can reach class III in difficulty. Below the bridge the river widens and can get rather shallow in low water.
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Last Updated: 2018-05-02 14:14:47

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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June 30 2013 (1966 days ago)
fharrison (153678)
Greenzero8, I think the intended takeout is Webster Mills because it is quickwater all the way to
Dover Rd. You went quite a bit further. I also ran the river all the way down to Rt 4 (Dover Rd) 2
years ago, but found MAJOR trees (like full sized oak and pine) across the river about a mile from
the Epsom Circle. A debris field left over from hurricanes. It was an area of the river that had
steep sandy walls, so portage was nasty. Looked like a death trap at high water. Did you come
across this major blockade? Is it still there?
June 30 2013 (1967 days ago)
greenzero8 (155531)
Paddled this today - June 30, 2013 - at 7.2 feet, which was a decent water level. The listed length
is wrong - we GPS'ed it and the trip is a solid nine miles, not six. The description and comment
below are also misleading. This is a challenging, ~3hr paddle with plenty of I-II whitewater as
well as two short class III rapids which should both be scouted. The first one is a couple miles in
at a sharp right turn in the river and can be scouted from the right. The put in is on Joy St in
Pittsfield. There's a path to the left of a submarine-sized propane tank. The take out on the map
is on a residential road and we could not find a put in there. Instead, the take out that we used
is in Epsom on a dirt road in a trailer park immediately downriver of the Dover Rd bridge (to drive
there, pass the McDonalds on your right then take a right before the bridge). This is where the
second class III rapid is. Beautiful scenery, friendly locals, multiple strainers.
January 9 2007 (4330 days ago)
asa wagnerDetails
This section of the Suncook is mostly swift water, a couple easy class I rapids begin just above
the larger rapid and the takeout at Websters Mills. Due to the easy nature of the river it makes a
good learning and teaching ground for beginning kayakers and un-seasoned canoeists who can opt to
takeout and easily portage the final drop. There are two or so destinct class I rapids just above
the larger rapid at the takeout. The biggest challenge here is manuvering your boat arround a few
rocks in the current. Novice paddlers can easily take out on river left just above the final rapid
- from here it is just a short cary to the parking on the road. This portage makes for a great
vantage point to watch experienced class II paddlers run the final drops before and under the
bridge. Seasoned paddlers looking for a thrill will be dissapointed by this run, although the
takeout and \"websters mills\" rapid make for a centrally located play spot up to class II+ in high

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