This section is generally used as a training river for novice paddlers. It is very short therefore most people choose to shoulder shuttle their boats running this section over and over. Saco Bound Northern Waters has a whitewater school and campground located right at the river. Put in just north of the campground in a large pool by the USGS gage. A center run through the river affords big water waves, river right provides a more technical run through and around boulders and holes. Look for a nice surfing wave adjacent to "Pancake Rock" about 40 yards upstream of the Route 26 bridge. Take out on river right at the large pool "Braggs Bay" below the rapids. Check out the Androscoggin River Watershed Council for more information on this river.
Errol, NH, located in northern NH close to the Maine border, offers a wide range of boating opportunities all summer long. This area offers some of the most remote regions in the eastern US. Wildlife is plentiful and may include moose, bear, loons, bald eagles etc. In addition, Lake Umbagog, located just north of Errol, is a federally protected National Wildlife Refuge . The Errol rapid located on the east side of Errol is a short class-II section good for training and novices. Saco Bound (Northern Waters) has set up a small outfit here on the western shore with a campground, paddling school, and small boating shop. Water is controlled by a hydro dam just upstream from the campground and runs through this section every summer day. This section is onlabout 1/3 of a mile long and boaters usually carry back upstream and run it several times a day. The Pontook section of the Androscoggin is about 15 miles south of Errol on Route 16. This section offers a longer and more interesting class II run. Pontook dam releases most weekends. Starting in late June and ending in late August, the Magalloway and Rapid rivers offer more challenging boating. The Magalloway, located 20 miles north of Errol in Wilson Mills Maine, offers class III and V boating on the upper stretch. Releases are on weekends starting in late June through the second week in July. The Rapid then has four release weekends until the middle of August then once again the Magalloway finishes up the month of August with weekend releases. The Rapid River offers class IV boating in a remote setting. The Rapid can only be reached via a maze of logging roads just outside of Upton Maine about 10 miles east of Errol. Campgrounds / Lodging /RaftingErrol Motel, Main St, Errol, NH 03579, (603-482-3256)Northern Waters (Saco Bound), Kayaking school, camping, excursions, paddling shop. Phone: 603.447.2177Magalloway River Inn, Route 16, Errol, NH 03579, (603-482-9883)Aziscohos Valley Camping Area, Route 16 Wilson Mills Maine (207-486-3271)Mollidgewock State Park Campground , Route 16 Errol, NH Phone: 603-482-3373 Reservations: 603-271-3628Lakewood Camps: 207.243.2959Log Haven Campground: 603.482.3294Umbagog Outfitters P.O. Box 268 Errol, NH 03579 phone: 603-356-3292
FoodThe Northern Exposure: Main St Errol, NH, 03579, (603) 482-3852Errol Cream Barrel & Chuck Wagon 482-3258 Main Street, Errol NH 03579
This section of the Androscoggin is dam controlled but the flow here is very reliable throughout the year even during a dry Summer.
Â River Flow information
Gauge: USGS Minimum level: 750 cfs Av Summer flow:
Low: 850 cfs
Medium: 1500 cfs
High: 2800 cfs
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Flyover - Looking down on rapids
Flyover - Northern Waters Camping in trees on River Right
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Flyover looking up-river
Lunch at Errol Rapids
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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.
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.
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.
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