Swift - 1. Bear Notch Road to Rocky Gorge

Swift, New Hampshire, US


1. Bear Notch Road to Rocky Gorge (Upper Swift)

Usual Difficulty I-III (for normal flows)
Length 4 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Swift stage gauge as a function of East Branch of Pemi flow
virtual-11109 0.60 - 4.00 ft I-III 00h57m -0.169585 ft (too low)

River Description

Mike Gatewood:
This section starts of with a lot of flatwater paddling, the scenery is great and you are away from the Kanc so there is no road noise. It gradually builds into class II and then is class III by the time you get to the takeout above Rocky Gorge/Upper Falls. You want to scout the takeout to get your bearings; the river is continuous class III here and a mistake will put you over the falls. I know a guy who had the misfortune of swimming the falls this spring. He got beat up pretty bad, but was paddling the following weekend. We said to him "now that you've swum it, running the falls probably won't be too bad--at least you know the consequences of a swim."

See also the Middle Swift and Lower Swift.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2010-09-30 21:36:53


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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September 5 2011 (2390 days ago)
Mark LacroixDetails
On August 28th, 2011 Hurricane Irene struck New England. The resulting floods caused extensive
damage throughout the region, the worst in over 100 years. More than half the rivers in Vermont and
northern New Hampshire recorded their highest flow levels ever. Many roads, guardrails, power
lines, bridges, trees and other debris now litter several rivers throughout the region. River beds
have been scoured and changed course, many new strainers make navigation problematic at best and
downright dangerous at worse. Please realize that the river description you see here may not match
current situation after the floods. Use common sense and when in doubt scout especially on blind
drops. Also, if you run this river in the next year or so please comment on its navigability, even
if there are no problems this will be very helpful. Please report any new strainers or changes to
the rapids that will impact future boating. Thank you,

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