Glover Brook - Elbow Pond (Mt. Cilley) to Pemigewasset R.

Glover Brook, New Hampshire, US


Elbow Pond (Mt. Cilley) to Pemigewasset R.

Usual Difficulty V (for normal flows)
Length 1.9 Miles
Avg. Gradient 320 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01075000 3000 - 10000 cfs V 01h33m 369 cfs (too low)

River Description

Flows are a best estimate. Catch this run when the gauge is spiking or very high. If the gauge is falling Glover is probably already too low.



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

Directions: from I-93 North, take Exit 30 and follow Rte. 3 North for 2.4 miles. Glover flows under Rte. 3 from the West.

Description by Nate Warren:

RE: Put-in.  Rather than hike up, it is far better to drive up NH-112 to NH-118 (headed West from North Woodstock) to get to the put-in.  There is a dirt road off 118 that crosses a swampy portion of Jackman Brook (a tributary of the Lost River).  Sometimes you will have to park at the start of the road, as it is gated.  Other times you can drive into Elbow Pond.  Whether you walk in along the dirt road or drive all the way to the pond, this route is far quicker and less painful than hiking up the creek from the takeout.  When you reach the pond, and you are looking from the road to the pond, paddle left (South) along the bank and through the swampy sections until you reach an old beaver dam (0.75 miles?) that marks the start of the river.  See directions below.

Glover Brook is possibly the most difficult regularly paddled (a loose term when referring to creeking in NH) creek in the state.  After the lake, the river starts with a short warm-up on before getting steep.  The drops get stacked up pretty quick, though there are generally pools below them.  Plan on plenty of scouting.  The first portage is a few rapids in.  There is a small ledge drop, followed by a gorged in 10 foot slide with an eddy on the left - these rapids can be run, but be carful not to follow the river back right, where there is a five footer that lands on a ledge and then the whole river dumps into a sieve.  At higher flows, portaging the whole section is prudent.

As the gradient picks up, the drops become significantly longer and more consequential.  A steep, narrow, manky and rather dangerous drop is typically walked on the left, where there is an old trail.  Before putting back in, keep scouting below.   Soon comes the most difficult (though not the largest) drop, marked by a small concrete bridge crosses the river.  The river goes over a series of tricky entrance drops , then launches off a narrow 15 foot falls.  Successful paddlers will end up far enough left to avoid the undercut wall on the right, but still manage to avoid the different piton spots along the left side.  Most people walk this drop.

Soon below is the last portage.  You can scout this while looking at the bridge drop.  Some paddlers get close to the rapid and walk or wheelchair down a slide at river level from a micro-eddy on the right.  

The river then turns sharply left, drops off a nice 5' falls, then turns back right, entering the final section of Glover Brook.  This last section is characterized by big, long slides rather than the more bouldery slot drops above.  If they are clear of wood, all of these drops go, often better than they look.  For the brave initiate, running them on directions from a knowledgable guide is recommended.

If you are unsure about running this river, due to your ability or water levels, check the bottom rapid from the takeout.  If you are excited to run this sort of rapid with this sort of flow, then you should be good.  If the bottom rapid looks too hard, or the water level doesn't look right, drive on up the road to the Upper Pemi and have a great time running a New England classic.

For video of this run, check out an oldie:

Footage of the bridge drop that some people walk starts at 2:30.

Or, check out this headcam footage at higher water: v=SFFUA8lWG1s&

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-05-03 20:31:53

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Map of the Mid Pemi regionPutin Takeout Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Map of the Mid Pemi region

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Rivers of the Middle Pemigewasset region

Rivers of the Middle Pemigewasset region
Photo by Mark Lacroix

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