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Difficulty IV-V
Length 4.2 Miles
Flow Range 6.00 - 8.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 2.47 [FT] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 05/04/2018 4:08 pm

River Description

The Rocky Branch drains the central White Mountains just south of Mt. Washington, emptying into the Saco River below the Saco Class III Section. It rarely runs except during periods of high runoff when most other rivers are high.


Flow Info:

The correlation gauge is located downstream of the confluence with the Saco. All runs in this basin use this gauge. There were no gauge observations on this run, however based on the comments left and observations on this run this range should be relatively accurate. Please leave a comment if you have more beta or observations.

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

A Paddler's Gage is located near the takeout on the River Right Downstream side of the OLD Route 302 bridge next to the current bridge. The gage was partially covered by rocks during recent state road construction but still can be read if you get up close.

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.

No Accident Reports




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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.


Alex Barham


Skip Morris


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1209491 05/04/18 Alex Barham Flow and Description
1193511 05/10/02 Skip Morris n/a