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Difficulty IV-V
Length 6 Miles
Flow Range 350 - 550 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 month ago 801 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 08/01/2004 4:18 am

River Description

The Lovell River drains Ossipee Mountain along with several surrounding mountains. It usually runs when everything else is too high.

The entire run is 6 miles long, however there are several easy access points allowing you to break up the trip into smaller more manageable (or the most hairy) segments.

From Route 16, drive up Pine Hill Road, then continue on Conner Pond Rd. Put in by a snowmobile trail bridge up Pine Hill and Conner Pond close to where three streams come together hopefully providing enough water for a decent run. The river here runs along the road providing easy access for rescue.

A second access point can be found three-quarters of a mile down stream at Conner Pond and Bean Pond Road at 43.7712N/71.2394W. At this point the river branches away from the road and into the woods.

A third is another three-quarters of a mile down-river where Pine Hill Road meets Conner Pond Road at 43.7750N/71.2282W. The river again starts to follow the road here.

A fourth access point is a mile-and-a-half downriver where Chapel Road branches off Pine Hill at 43.7858N/71.2073W. The river here branches off deep into the woods making access a very difficult and long trek.

The lower take-out is on Route 16 near next to a golf course.

Gradient and lengths of each segment are:
Snowmobile Trail Bridge to Bean Pond Rd0.7 miles long 98 foot drop (142 ft/mi).
Bean Pond Rd to Conner Pond Road0.7 miles long 75 foot drop (107 ft/mi).
Conner Pond Rd to Chapel Road1.46 miles long 200 foot drop (137 ft/mi).
Chapel Road to Rt 16 Golf Course3.1 miles long 220 foot drop (71 ft/mi).

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