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Difficulty I-II(III)
Length 11.25 Miles
Gauge SOUHEGAN RIVER AT MERRIMACK, NH
Flow Range 400 - 5000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 23 minutes ago 278 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 05/26/2014 10:50 am

River Description


The Indian Ledges section of the Souhegan is a touring river with a combination of  flatwater, quickwater and few class II and III rapids.

The trip can be split up since there are a number of access points all along the river.

This section starts near the Oval in downtown Milford; It ends in Merrimack in a public park by the Turkey Hill Road bridge upstream of the Wildcat Falls section.

Access Point River Miles River Character
and Features
Notes
Milford Oval 0.0 miles Flatwater Put-in/Park in public park on river-left behind the Post Office across the river from the Oval.
Bridge St. Pedestrian Bridge 0.3 miles Six foot dam 75 yards below bridge, then class I-II and quickwater. Class III rapid under Route 101 bridge at mile 2.3. Limited parking on river-right along street. Put-in/take-out on river-left by the bridge, or walk downstream to put on below the dam.
Route 122 (Ponemah Rd) Bridge 2.8 miles Quickwater Access to large parking area and put-in via dirt road 100 yards north of bridge.
Boston Post Road Bridge 5.25 miles Quickwater Nice boat ramp and parking area.
Country Road Bridge (aka Fields Bridge) 7.3 miles Class II ledge at 8.7 miles, Indian Ledges rapid (class III) at mile 8.8. Carry on right or run class II on left then line down main channel. Small parking area with river access at intersection of Country Road and Seaverns Bridge Road.
Turkey Hill Road Bridge 11.25 miles Take out to avoid Wildcat falls. Public park with small parking area.

 

Rapid Descriptions

Country Road Bridge

Class - N/A Mile - 0
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aka Fields Bridge

Bridge Street Pedestrian Bridge

Class - N/A Mile - 0.3
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Six foot dam 75 yards below the bridge.

 

Park along street.  Put-in on river-left at bridge or walk downstream on path and put on below the dam.

 

Route 122 (Ponemah Rd) Bridge

Class - N/A Mile - 2.8
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Boston Post Road Bridge

Class - N/A Mile - 5.25
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Matthew A Rotier
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4 years ago

Ran this section yesterday. It was at 330cfs so it was pretty scratchy but still doable. We put in at Boston Post and took out at Turkey Hill. A warning that there are a number of river-wide trees down along the route. You can sneak around most of them but there is one a hundred yards upstream from the final take out that was a mandatory portage for us. Would probably be passable at higher levels. We took out just to the right of the tree. Fortunately there is a path that takes you up to the parking lot from there.

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