Put in elevation........1154'
Take out elevation......1100'
River width average.....75'
River geology...........Small to medium granite boulders
River water quality.....Good, clarity fair to good.
Scenery.................Good mountain and forest scenery.
Wildlife................Deer, Moose, Merganzers, Blue herons, Bald eagles.
Summer Recreational Releases
The Pontook releases every weekend from Memorial day weekend
through two weekends following Labor Day.
Releases start at 10 am and conclude at 4pm
(Originally reported May 27, 2018) There is a 20 foot log near the beginning of the Pontook put in. The log like tree trunk is in river center and very difficult to see until you are on top of it. A raft was stuck and got off after much effort. We were upstream and did not realize the raft was on a log and assumed a rock. We should have been more careful. One of our kayaker was pinned to the trunk. Luckily the trunk moved after he took off his spray skirt and his boat filled with water. Both him and the boat flushed under the trunk. A young man from the raft was able to move the trunk a little so it is more visible and at more of an angle. I believe that they hope to go back and remove the trunk once the water level dropped. Thank you to the people on the raft for helping us in this difficult situation. [Edited by Streamkeeper.]
Reported by Tim Jones
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 12:52 PM
Subject: Andro Pontook hazard gone
The log hazard Undurr reported on May 27 is gone as of 7-15-18. Not sure exactly when it was removed.
The water in this section is usually bypassed by the Pontook hydroelectric station. Recreational releases are scheduled for most Summer weekend days.
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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.
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.
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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