Contoocook, New Hampshire, US
3. Henniker (class II section)
||II(III) (for normal flows)
Lower ContoocookPhoto by Mark Lacroix taken 05/05/02 @ 7.7'
This is a nice easy class II medium size river. At higher levels it has a big water feel to it with
large waves, holes, and turbulance. But even at high water all these features are easily run or
avoided. The toughest stretch is a broken dam just upstream from the bridge to the takeout. Scout
this drop from the bridge before you run. At medium and high levels there is a nice surfing wave at
the outflow through the broken section of the dam. The river starts out with quickwater and class I
rapids after the bridge in the center of town the difficulty picks up to class II. Be catious in
high water (above 9') this section can increase in difficulty.
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.
I-93 from southern NH just before Concord take I-89 north
Approximately 9 miles take the exit 5 ramp to Rt 202 West (Henniker/Keene).
Take the Henniker/Bradford exit.
Take a left (east) on NH 114.
Approximately 1/2 mile to the blinking light in Henniker center take a right onto Western Ave.
Approximately 1 mile look for a wide shoulder on the left just after the Henniker police
Alternate directions from Rt 101 Manchester. Rt 114 North to Downtown Henniker. Cross the bridge
and take a left onto Western Ave. Follow it to the put in.
Head back to the intersection of NH-114 and continue straight through the intersection, this is now
Take a right at the "y" intersection just past the Main Street businesses
Continue 1/2 mile over a bridge then take an immediate left on a dirt road alonge the river. This
is the take out.
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Last Updated: 2018-05-01 22:18:59