Put in elevation........419'
Take out elevation......383'
River width average.....70'
River geology...........Small to medium granite boulders
River water quality.....Fair to good, clarity fair to good.
Scenery.................The river runs through the center of Henniker,
starts and ends in a rural area.
Wildlife................Deer, Merganzers, Blue herons.
The take-out is on Ramsdell Rd, off of 114. From town, go down 114 for about 1/2 mile, then Left on Ramsdell. There is a small park at the bridge with plenty of parking.
Seven of us ran this river today (3/18/2012). There were no strainers or any other debris to look out for. We had a nice float down the first section and plenty of play on the lower section.
USGS gauge located upstream on the class III-IV section. This section can be run at a slightly lower level than the upper. This section is usually runnable between late March and late May and often runable at other times. Forecast
Permits are not required for this reach.
We have no additional detail on this route.
Use the map below to calculate how
to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.
Ramsdell Bridge Take out Rapids
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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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