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Difficulty V
Length 5.5 Miles
Gauge Peabody River at Gorham, New Hampshire
Flow Range 900 - 1500 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 22 minutes ago 52.8 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 05/04/2018 5:09 pm

River Description


The gauge is new. The flow range is an estimate based on the 75th percentile. If you run this section please leave a comment with more flow beta.


From a comment left in 2007:
"Ben Holzman and Brad Krodo ran this river at a medium level, and portaged approximately 1/3 of the run. These are two very good boaters, and they had relatively few problems, but the history of this run and the description makes it one of the most extreme runs in New England. Definitely not for the faint of heart, this is 5.3 boating. Gradient is something like 500 feet per mile, continuous. There is a trail alongside the run. Based on the difficulty of the put in from the Mount Washington Auto Road, consider the option of carrying up alongside the trail. Kind of like Johns Brook in the Adirondacks."


See the article in the Sept-Oct 2010 AW Journal. Not only does this have very high gradient (1430 feet in 4.4 miles, for an average of 325 ft/mi), but its boulder-choked nature means that there's a pin spot around every corner. The run is also remote. Whether carrying in 0.9 miles from the Mt. Washington Auto Road, or carrying up 4.4 miles from the confluence with the East Branch, you are far from civilization and any assistance.


The season is short; the Auto Road doesn't open until late Spring, and snowmelt stops soon thereafter. Hiking 1300 vertical feet down from the Chandler Brook trailhead on the Auto Road means 2.5 hours of post-holing in deep snow complicated by dense spruce thickets and large granite boulders.


It's not uncommon for this to be an overnight run. The article linked above describes a one-day trip; the team began hiking down from the Auto Road at 8 AM and weren't finished with the run until 6 PM--surely a long day of humping boats around obstacles, scouting, boofing, portaging, and occasionally un-pinning.


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Protecting Access to New Hampshire Rivers

Robert Nasdor

Northeast boaters can celebrate that another beloved whitewater gem has been protected. Paddlers on the Winnipeseaukee River are now assured that the put-in on the Lower Winni in Northfield, NH will be forever protected thanks to the donation of a parcel from Gloria Blais in memory of her husband Roger. Gloria donated the land to the Town of Northfield for the purpose of assuring that future generations of boaters will have access to the river. Protecting river access to the Winni is part of an ongoing effort by AW in the northeast region to protect river access.

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Bellows Falls (VT) Flow Study Reveals Hidden Whitewater

Robert Nasdor

A hardy group of northeast boaters climbed into the natural river channel below a hydropower dam to participate in a flow study designed to assess whether whitewater flows should be restored to this dewatered river reach on the Connecticut River. While significant obstacles remain, this site has the potential for providing instruction, playboating, and a big water feature that that could be run throughout much of the year and provide a much needed boost to the local economy. 

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AW, MVP Protect Land and Access on the Contoocook River (NH)

Robert Nasdor

American Whitewater and Merrimack Valley Paddlers have reached an agreement to purchase a 10-acre parcel fronting on Contoocook River in Henniker, NH. The land serves as an important launch point for whitewater paddlers enjoying the popular section of the river that runs from Hillsborough to Henniker. This section of the Contoocook River contains rapids ranging in difficulty from Class II to Class IV.


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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1192776 04/02/01 n/a n/a
1198202 09/26/10 Matt Muir Added abstract and text from comment and from Journal article.
1209498 05/04/18 Alex Barham Flow and Description