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Difficulty V
Length 3 Miles
Flow Range 2.20 - 4.40 FT
Flow Rate as of: 33 minutes ago 2.38 [FT] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 05/01/2018 9:01 pm

River Description

Information from Greg and Sue Hanlon's Steep Creeks of New England, which has more info on this run. Text used with permission.

The run begins on Rocky Brook.

Posted by Dan Holzman on the MVP message board 3/30/03
South Branch of the Baker: The group put in at Rocky Branch. Class 3 or less until just above confluence with the South Branch of the Baker, which is about 1 mile down, where the action picks up. Several tight slot drops, apparently one caused several enders. Cannibal Falls is about 200 yards downstream of the confluence, described by the group as a Class-4 approach to several really narrow slots dropping at least 20 feet onto a flat rock. The group portaged, unclear on how this drop is run (according to Steep Creeks, Willy Kern was the first to run this drop years ago).
The rest of the South Branch apparently has a big-water feel, lots of gradient, much more water than Pond Brook, large holes to avoid. There is a series of ledges about 2 miles into the run, including a 40-foot slide with a 10-foot falls at the bottom, I got several nice pictures there.
Beta on South Branch: Cannibal Falls looks really nasty; let me know if there is a hidden line. Difficulty seems to be comparable to West Branch of Deerfield, bigger water run.

Directions to takeout: I-93 to Rte. 25 West (Exit 26). Head 7.8 miles past the rotary at the Rte. 3A junction to South Wentworth Road (just past the NH 118 intersection). Take a left onto S. Wentworth Rd. 1.6 miles to a fork; bear right onto Rowentown Rd. Park at the bridge.
To putin: Head back to S. Wentworth Rd. Bang a right and follow the road upstream. Cross the river and take a left onto Bickford Woods Road. Put in at the bridge at Rocky Brook. An alternate putin on the South Branch itself can be accessed by continueing down Bickford Woods Road and taking a left on Hearst House Road. Put in where the road crosses the South Branch.








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David Su
6 years ago

April 14, 2013 at 2.45' level there was no new or significant wood throughout the run. The landings off Cannibal Falls had: a minor rock bump going off the R-side, vertical plug off the center went deep without consequence, and boofing off L-corner was flat and fluffy. The L-side holes at "triple drop," just above the "Swimming Hole" takeout, were deep and sticky at 2.45'.

Gage Descriptions

Paddlers' gage located on the river-left abutment at the Rocky Brook putin. The abutment has three small (4" diameter) pipes just above the riverbed. A level even with the bottom of these pipes is minimum; a level even with the top of these pipes indicates a medium level.
Use the Baker gage (linked above) with care; it is downstream of the confluence of the Upper Baker.

Tom Currier shared:
I ran a few of the drops at 2.2 and they seemed to have plenty of water. I didn't scout the entire river but I think it can be run at this level if you aren't looking for a big water feel.

Directions Description

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1198497 10/28/10 Matt Muir Adjusted gage min down, per comment; added link, 3photo and abstract.
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