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Difficulty V
Length 5.9 Miles
Gauge SMITH RIVER NEAR BRISTOL, NH
Flow Range 5 - 10 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 2.7 [FT] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 05/01/2018 10:35 pm

River Description


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

Portage: Weldon Falls.

Directions: from Bristol, NH, take Rte. 3A North toward Newfound Lake. Just before the lake, at a blinking traffic light, take a left onto West Shore Road, then fork left onto Fowler River Road. The first bridge crossing the Fowler is the takeout and gage bridge.
To putin: drive upstream on Fowler River Road to Brook Road. Take a left onto Brook Road and continue upstream crossing Brock Brook. Take a right onto Shen Valley Rd. and continue to a bridge over Clark Brook. This is the putin.
Alternate putin: river left below Weldon Falls. Off Fowler River Rd., take a right onto North River Road, and bang a left 0.5 miles past a cemetary. Walk up an old logging road to the putin.

Rapid Descriptions

Map of the Lower Pemi region

Class - Mile - 0

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7 years ago

was wondering if anyone has done this river within a year or 2... summer place in area and would love to paddle it havnt heard much other then what greg and sue had to say Doesn't run much in the summer you might get lucky! Ran this from the AMC lodge, 4/17/2011. Be careful boat scouting at the beggining of this run. A rapid you DEFINITELY don't want to boat scout looks invitingly boat scoutable shortly after the put in. Be very cautious of new strainers between here and Welton Falls.

Summary of Gauge Readings

Downstream river-right abutment footing at the takeout bridge on Fowler River Rd. A water level even with the footing is a low level; 7" above the footing is a high level. If the Bristol near Smith is 5 feet, Fowler is usually runnable. This is the linked gage shown above.

Gauge NameReadingTimeComment
SMITH RIVER NEAR BRISTOL, NH
AW Gauge Info
2.70 ft ℹ️ 01h29m n/a
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