Lamprey, New Hampshire, US
||IV (for normal flows)
Miller TimePhoto by Skip Morris taken 05/31/06 @ 1.5
The Upper Section of the Lamprey River is a delightful class III/IV creek located in south-central
New Hampshire. It's close location allows for short-notice paddling after work on weekdays. Be
aware that the river rises and falls quickly with rain so one must act fast to catch it up.
Additionally care is required because of strainers which can be plentyful on narrow creeks thru the
woods like this.
There are six major drops on this section of the Lamprey; the majority of them class IV. In between
the river varies from quickwater to class II/III. A typical run takes one and a half to two hours.
The whitewater section of the Lamprey is located in Deerfield, NH (just northwest of Raymond,
and about halfway between Manchester and Rochester). It's about a 20-25 minute drive from
From Manchester take route 101 east to exit 3. Follow route 43 north to the takeout at the southern
juncture of routes 43 and 107.
From Portsmouth take Route 101 west to exit 5. Take route 102 north then route 107 west to the
takeout at the juncture of routes 43 and 107.
The put-in is about three-and-one-quarter miles north on 43/107 where the road crosses over the
river where Lamprey exits the dam on Freeses Pond.
A second put-in is at the first major drop; 0.6 miles south just off 43/107, where James City Road
(also called Nottingham Road) crosses over the river.
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Last Updated: 2008-09-30 15:30:38