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Difficulty II-IV
Length 4.25 Miles
Flow Range 4.50 - 10.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 55 minutes ago 2.52 [FT] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 05/02/2018 12:23 am

River Description

This section of the Pemi is not run often. Its season is relatively short, usually April into early May. When it is running boaters often head to the East Branch, Swift, Ammo and other area rivers. This section of the Pemi lies just below the class V upper Pemi. It runs parallel to a tourist corridor with motels, restaurants and other businesses just out of site from the river. There are a couple class IV boulder drops in the first mile of the run, there is a class IV ledge drop about 1/2 mile upstream from the takeout behind Truant's Tavern on Main street in Woodstock. Most of the rest of the river is class II with several harder sections above and below the Interstate overpass. There is one short portage over a dam 1/4 mile below the bridge at Clarks Trading Post.

Technical Info

Put in elevation........1000'
Take out elevation......679'
Total drop..............321'
Average drop/mile.......76'
Distance................4.25 miles
River width average.....30'
River geology...........Medium granite boulders, some ledge 
River water quality.....Excellent, crystal clear, 
Scenery.................Parallels tourist corridor, some businesses 
                        from river.  Road ocassionally visible
Wildlife................Occasional deer, moose, trained black bears, tourist

Flow Info:

The gage lies below the confluence of the East Branch and Lost rivers. Be aware that heavier runoff from one of these feeder streams due to a localized rain event could skew the readings.

Rapid Descriptions

Map of the Upper Pemi region

Class - Mile - 0


Gage Descriptions

The gage lies below the confluence of the East Branch and Lost rivers. Be aware that heavier runoff from one of these feeder streams due to a localized rain event could skew the readings.

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

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1209436 05/02/18 Alex Barham Location and Info
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