Suncook - 1. Suncook dam to Center Barnstead

Suncook, New Hampshire, US


1. Suncook dam to Center Barnstead

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 2.3 Miles
Avg. Gradient 18 fpm
Max Gradient 25 fpm

Upper Suncook

Upper Suncook
Photo by Mark Lacroix taken 04/06/03 @ Medium

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01089100 5.30 - 11.00 ft I-II 00h42m 6.2 ft (running)

River Description

A nice easy river in south central NH. Put in just below the Lower Suncook lake dam. The river is relatively narrow only about 40 feet wide. Look out for overhanging trees and strainers that force paddlers to pick their routes precisely.
The river starts out with easy class I/II rapids. These rapids continue past the old and then new route 28 bridges. After the campground along river right the river slackens to quikwater for approximately 1/2 mile. A sharp right hand corner marks the toughest rapid on this river section. Class II rapids start just above the route 126 bridge and continue 1/4 mile down to the Depot street bridge takeout. Takeout on river right above the bridge or river left below.


Put in
From southern NH take interstate 93 north to Concord NH
Take exit 15 (NH route 4 / 393) east towards Loudon/Portsmouth
10 miles to the Epson traffic circle take NH rt 28 north
Approximately 9 miles take a left on East Beauty Hill road just after the intersection of NH route 126
1/4 mile take a right on old route 28
Just after the bridge over the Suncook take a left on the dam access road 1/4 mile to the putin just below the dam.

Take out
Go back to the intersction NH route 28 & 126
Take a left to Center Barnstead
1/2 mile take a right on Depot road at the convenience store and Suncook River Canoe & Kayak.
1/8 mile to take out at the bidge over Suncook
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-05-02 14:10:52

Rapid Descriptions

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