Newfound River, New Hampshire, US
Newfound lake to Bristol
||II-III+ (for normal flows)
Broken PaddlePhoto of Ginger Gatewood by Mark Lacroix taken 08/16/08 @ 400 cfs
The Newfound is a seldom run river located near the more popular
Pemi. This is a medium size river about 45' wide on average. It is broken up into three sections
separated by mandatory portages at two dams. The first mile is easier (class II) once you
portage the partially washed out dam the difficulty increases. If anyone in your party has
difficulty on this upper section then it is highly recommended they pull out here. Below the
first dam the river passes under the NH rt 3A bridge then quickly increases in difficulty to
class III at medium levels. There is a short breather where the rapids decrease in
difficulty (class II). Just above the bicycle path footbridge the main event
starts. Old Mill rapid starts just upstream of the bridge then increases in difficulty up to
class III+ at medium levels. Be prepared to strike for shore if you find yourself separated
from your boat since another dam awaits just downstream. The rapids calm to class II just
before it takes a sharp turn back under the NH rt 3A bridge then tumbles over another unrunable
dam. Take out on river right just before the sharp right turn. This is an optional take
out since the river below mellows out considerably. If you should choose to continue
downstream carry your boat across NH rt 3A then behind the building just to the right of the
dam. Mild class II rapids continue up to Bristol Hill Road Take out on the right. Just
above the take out bridge there is a river wide hole formed by a lowhead dam. This is not
noticeable until you are right on top of it. There is good play here by good boaters with
escape lines on either side of the hole.
Put in elevation........587'
Take out elevation......463'
River width average.....45'
1st mile drop...........47' (includes ~6’ of portaged
2nd mile drop...........77' (includes ~7’ of portaged
River geology...........schists, small to medium boulders
River water quality.....good, clarity; good
Scenery.................mostly good to excellent, poor at dam
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Last Updated: 2011-04-13 14:05:21