The Minnewawa is a small river in southwestern NH. The river starts out with some class II, then approaches the old backwater swamp from an old delapidated dam. Portage the dam and run the class-V gorge below. Difficult rapids continue up to the hydro station just upstream of the bridge. The hydro station takes water from upstream through a buried pipe; there is not dam at the facility. Rapids ease somewhat below the bridge, mostly class II, but there are several more difficult sections. One of these is where the river swings behind "Wilbur's General Store," then passes under two bridges. The "Gazebo" rapid starts at the second bridge and is a somewhat turbulent technical drop. At the next bridge crossing, "Water Street," take out on river right upstream of the bridge then carry around a concrete dam. Caution, the current is rather swift up to the lip of the dam. The dam could be runnable left of center with a good "boof" move (shallow entry) over a 7' drop. About 1/4 mile downstream there is the remains of a delapidated dam. This should be boat-scoutable. After the dam the river takes a sharp right as the river piles up against a concrete wall that holds up route 101. The rest of the trip to Otter Brook contains mostly class-II rapids with diminishing intensity. Take out at the bridge just before Otter Brook or continue to a downstream left takeout just past the next Route 101 bridge.
There is no gauge for this section at this time. Look at the river at the put in and judge for yourself.
This is usually a spring run river but the annual fall drawdown of upstream ponds could bring the river up to a scratchy level.
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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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