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Difficulty I-II
Length 8 Miles
Gauge AMMONOOSUC RIVER AT BETHLEHEM JUNCTION, NH
Flow Range 400 - 10000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 month ago 101 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 08/05/2008 5:20 am

River Description


This is an easy stretch of the Ammonoosuc River suitable for novice paddlers. Route 302 parallels the entire stretch, making for easy scouting. A paddler can continue downstream another 7 miles to the Bath covered bridge, where rapids diminish to occasional class I.

Directions
Put in
From southern NH, take Interstate 93 north approximately 85 miles north of Concord
Take exit 41 Littleton/Whitefield
Take a right onto Cottage Street at the end of the ramp
1/2 mile take a left at the lights onto Main Street
1/2 mile take a left onto Bridge Street
Put in at the bridge

Take out
Go back to Main Street and take a left
Drive approximately 8 miles west on route 302/10 to the takeout at the bridge over the Ammonoosuc River.

Rapid Descriptions

Comments

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John Mallery
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10 years ago

We canoed this today (8/4/2008) in 973 cfs at the Bethlehem gage. Excellent water levels. Some maneuvering around submerged rocks was necessary. The section below the ledges in Littleton started off with some class 3. We put in below the wooden foot bridge in the center of town and took out at a large rock on the right above the buoys of the Lisbon Dam. It took us about 2 hours to cover the total distance 17.4 km. This is a great run with high water levels.

Summary of Gauge Readings

Historical Flow Information

  Historical Dates: Mean High Water Date: April 23rd / 707 cfs Mean Low Water Date:: August 27th/ Flow 63 cfs Based on 67 years of flow information

The table above gives the historical high and low flow dates for this particular stretch of river. This information is extrapolated from the USGS database.

Minimum runnable level still to be determined. This section is usually runnable from ice out in early April through late May and sometimes into June.

Gauge NameReadingTimeComment
AMMONOOSUC RIVER AT BETHLEHEM JUNCTION, NH
AW Gauge Info
101 cfs ℹ️ 34d13h56m n/a
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Directions Description


Put in
From southern NH, take Interstate 93 north approximately 85 miles north of Concord
Take exit 41 Littleton/Whitefield
Take a right onto Cottage Street at the end of the ramp
1/2 mile take a left at the lights onto Main Street
1/2 mile take a left onto Bridge Street
Put in at the bridge

Take out
Go back to Main Street and take a left
Drive approximately 8 miles west on route 302/10 to the takeout at the bridge over the Ammonoosuc River.

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