Croyden Brook - Newport

Croyden Brook, New Hampshire, US


Newport (North Branch of the Sugar)

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 1.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 48 fpm
Max Gradient 55 fpm

Jean Towns on Croydon Brook

Jean Towns on Croydon Brook
Photo of Jean Towns by Mark Lacroix taken 07/15/06 @ 3.6 (Claremont gage)

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01152500 3.00 - 6.50 ft II-III 01h06m 2.1 ft (too low)

River Description

Thanks to Allan Berggren for the following description
The whitewater section of the Croyden Brook is 3 mi. north of Newport on hwy 10. We leave a shuttle where the brook crosses under the highway, and drive upstream 1.5 mi. to the put-in, where the brook arches close to the road.
Narrow, secluded, creek-like, with giant mossy rock eddies. A narrow passage around a 100-ft island on the right is runnable except at low levels.
The Final Four is behind the second s-turn, with a brisk left-to-right flow, with a sneak route far left at higher levels. The main 4-5 foot drop is behind an initial ledge wave, and is followed by a series of 1-ft. ledge drops continuing for the next 75 yds beneath the highway bridge. Take-out is on the left. Parking is possible immediately south of the bridge on the west side, but the adjacent road is private. Usual put-in is at a discontinued iron bridge 1.7 miles upstream, but common access is at a pull-out at 1.5 miles, where the stream pulls quite close to hwy 10 with a sandy bank.
StreamTeam Status: Verified
Last Updated: 2006-07-22 21:04:29

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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December 4 2011 (2299 days ago)
Lora FultonDetails
5 of us (2 OC1, 3 K1) ran it on 12/3/2011. We put on upstream of the two ponds to extend the trip
and catch a couple early rapids. The entire run was clear except for a few strainers in slow flat
water sections, like by the cemetery, that were easy to navigate. The sun is low in the sky this
time of year which made the run more challenging. Sun visors and sun glasses recommended.
September 5 2011 (2389 days ago)
Mark LacroixDetails
On August 28th, 2011 Hurricane Irene struck New England. The resulting floods caused extensive
damage throughout the region, the worst in over 100 years. More than half the rivers in Vermont and
northern New Hampshire recorded their highest flow levels ever. Many roads, guardrails, power
lines, bridges, trees and other debris now litter several rivers throughout the region. River beds
have been scoured and changed course, many new strainers make navigation problematic at best and
downright dangerous at worse. Please realize that the river description you see here may not match
current situation after the floods. Use common sense and when in doubt scout especially on blind
drops. Also, if you run this river in the next year or so please comment on its navigability, even
if there are no problems this will be very helpful. Please report any new strainers or changes to
the rapids that will impact future boating. Thank you,
August 6 2008 (3514 days ago)
Mark LacroixDetails
Posted by Pauline on 1/14/08 Strainers in Croyden Brook After abandoning Allen's group on Eastman
Brook, Skip and I paddled Croyden Brook. There is a new, very nasty strainer just at the top of the
big drop. It goes almost entirely across the channel although if you paddle hard right, you can
squeeze by on the right side. Most of the tree, including many branches sticking down into the
river obstructs the channel and there is another, smaller strainer, lodged along the bottom of the
channel if you manage to avoid the big one. I pinned hard on this- many thanks to Skip for all his
help- but the two of us were able to get ourselves and our boats over the tree and start again. The
tree is not visible from the last possible eddy above the drop and will definately be problematic.
Croyden Bill has very nicely offered to work on getting the tree out but in the meantime, use great
caution. The second strainer, in the drop, is not a problem if you are upright but would certainly
snag an upside-down boater or swimmer. Thanks again to the group who headed out today, it was lots
of fun being on the river again and we had a good day (well, maybe that should read "most of
us...") -Pauline

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