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Difficulty V
Length 4.3 Miles
Flow Range 10.00 - 15.50 FT
Flow Rate as of: 24 minutes ago 3.86 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 05/02/2018 12:08 am

River Description

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

Directions: from Lincoln, drive 2.5 miles East on Rte. 112 (Kancamagus Hwy). Park in the dirt parking lot, river right, just downstream of the Loon Mtn. Bridge.
Putin: continue East on 112 ~ 6.2 miles, crossing the East Branch to the first bridge across the Hancock Branch. Park in the Cheney Brook / East Pond Trail lot on the right.

This run includes 2 miles on East Br., Pemigewasset; these two miles aren't figured in the gradient listed above.


Flow Info:

Judge the water level from the road. The gage referenced above is approximate, based on a correlation.
A better guide is the E. Br. Pemi. 12.0 ft (9000 cfs) usually means a high level on the Hancock Branch.

Rapid Descriptions

Map of the Upper Pemi region

Class - Mile - 0


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8 years ago

boated this river today and I found the section between the put in and otter rocks to definitely passable for a 12ft Esquif Nitro the east branch was pumping at 6000 when I made the ferry to the Hancock campground. A really fun run that kept me on my toes the whole way.

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Daniel Holzman
17 years ago

Five of us ran this river when the East Branch of the Pemi was at about 8000 cfs (very high). Four were in kayaks, I was in an open boat. The steepest part of the run is the put in down to Otter Rocks, which is too tight for an open boat.

The river opens up considerably below Otter Rocks because of a sizable tributary at the Rocks. Most of the run is boulder gardens with small to medium sized rocks, easy Class 5. There are two steep ledgey type drops, one about 1/3 of the way down, the other about 2/3 of the way down. We portaged the second drop because there is a very sticky looking hole at the bottom, which would be difficult to avoid. Others have run this drop successfully, scout it first.

There was a river wide tree just below water level in May 2001 about half way down the run, plus a fair amount of smaller trees in other locations. Be careful.

Open boaters: if you are running at very high water as we were, you should make the ferry across the East Branch of the Pemi to the takeout at the campground starting at river right on the Hancock immediately where the Hancock Branch meets the Pemi. I started about 100 yards downstream of the confluence, and got swamped before I could finish the crossing. Alternatively, you could carry up to the Kancamaugus Highway about 1/4 mile along the East Branch on river left.

Gage Descriptions

Judge the water level from the road. The gage referenced above is approximate, based on a correlation.
A better guide is the E. Br. Pemi. 12.0 ft (9000 cfs) usually means a high level on the Hancock Branch.

Directions Description

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