Pemigewasset - 4) Woodstock–Campton


Pemigewasset, New Hampshire, US

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4) Woodstock–Campton

Usual Difficulty I (for normal flows)
Length 11.25 Miles
Avg. Gradient 7 fpm
Max Gradient 16 fpm

Easy trip on the upper Pemi


Easy trip on the upper Pemi
Photo by Mark Lacroix taken 06/01/02 @ 807

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
PEMIGEWASSET RIVER AT WOODSTOCK, NH
usgs-01075000 250 - 20000 cfs I 01h27m 89.2 cfs (too low)


River Description

This is a nice easy run suitable for first time river runners, family, or just an easy day floating on a river. The put in is just below a class II+ ledge at the route 175 bridge. The river below is mostly quickwater with an occasional class I rip. There are a few sections that could prove to be more difficult when the river flow heads directly into a bank and takes a sharp turn amoungst boulders. Also be carefull of newly fallen trees in the channel about 1/2 mile below the Thornton town bridge at "Robin's Nest".
The river itself is shallow and flows over a gravel bed with wide gravel and sand beaches in the summer. Interstate 93, route 3, and 175 cross over the river several times. Most of the river is very close to one of these roads but mostly out of site. You will see an occasional house or condo, two campgrounds, and a golf course along the way. At mile 9.5 there is a nice swimming hole with a rope swing in a deep pool at a sharp river bend. After this bend the river splits around an island either channel is runnable but the right one is more interesting.
Access can also be acquired at the halfway point in the town of Thornton. Look for "Robin's Nest Road" on state Route 3 just north of the Thornton town hall. Putting in at this point the river is more sluggish than above.

Technical info

Put in elevation........605'
Take out elevation......535'
Total drop..............70'
Average drop/mile.......7'
Distance................11.25 miles
River width average.....70'
River geology...........gravel river bed and banks, some ledge 
River water quality.....Good, clarity good.
Scenery.................Good, but highway can occasionaly be heard but are
                        usually just out of sight.  Golf course 
Wildlife................Deer, Moose, Bank swallows, merganzers. 

Campgrounds

The following is a list of campgrounds more suited for tents and small campers, there are a variety of private campgrounds that cater especially to RV's, they are not listed here but can be found in any national campground directory.

Hancock: National Forest campground on the East Branch of the Pemi in Lincoln open year round, 4 miles east of Lincoln exit 32 off of I93 on route 112 (Kancamaugus highway).

Russell Pond: National Forest campground open May to Columbus day, located on a high elevation lake in Woodstock, take exit 31 off of I93, head east on Tripoli road toward Waterville Valley, take a left at the sign for Russell Pond campground, 2 miles to the top of the hill.

Tripoli road: Primitive roadside camping with no facilities, open May to Columbus day, take exit 31 off of I93, head east on Tripoli road toward Waterville Valley, just after the left for Russell pond campground there is a forest service trailer, stop here and pay for your camping permit.

Osceola campground: National forest campground located in Waterville Valley, open May to Columbus day, great views of surronding mountains, take exit 31 off of I93, head east on Tripoli road (dirt) 8 miles toward Waterville Valley, look for the campground sign on your left, this one is rather far from the rivers.

Campton campground: National forest campground located in Campton/Thornton, open May to Columbus day, take exit 28 off of I93, head east on NH 49 toward Waterville Valley, 3 miles to sign, group camping on the right individual sites located on the left.

Branch Brook: Private campground located on the Pemigewasset river in Campton, open May to Columbus day, take exit 28 off of I93, head east on NH 49, 3/4 of a mile to the campground on the right.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2010-05-27 09:43:54

Editors


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Map of the Mid Pemi regionPutin Takeout Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Map of the Mid Pemi region

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Rivers of the Middle Pemigewasset region

Rivers of the Middle Pemigewasset region
Photo by Mark Lacroix



User Comments

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September 5 2011 (2233 days ago)
Mark LacroixDetails
On August 28th, 2011 Hurricane Irene struck New England. The resulting floods caused extensive
damage throughout the region, the worst in over 100 years. More than half the rivers in Vermont and
northern New Hampshire recorded their highest flow levels ever. Many roads, guardrails, power
lines, bridges, trees and other debris now litter several rivers throughout the region. River beds
have been scoured and changed course, many new strainers make navigation problematic at best and
downright dangerous at worse. Please realize that the river description you see here may not match
current situation after the floods. Use common sense and when in doubt scout especially on blind
drops. Also, if you run this river in the next year or so please comment on its navigability, even
if there are no problems this will be very helpful. Please report any new strainers or changes to
the rapids that will impact future boating. Thank you,
April 14 2010 (2742 days ago)
wheatonf (151702)
Extremely nasty strainer tree in river below Jack O Lantern... unable to provide precise location
but is on the left bank with a hard right river turn.... also another tree stump on river right
just above it....I made it through by going right of the stump (very shallow..I would recommend
walking/draggfing if necessary) but any travel to the stump's left could have grave
consequenses!!!!! looks very fresh as there have been strong flows lately and is nearly
perpendicular to the bank covering most of the river with the current pushing towards it!!!


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