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New Hampshire whitewater, Gale River

Grafton county, Franconia to Ammonoosuc section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV     3 miles
  The starting point is not too far from Berlin, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The scenic beauty of New Hampshire and the water flowing gracefully down Gale River will make you feel great. No need to look hard for hotels, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. This is one of a small number of paddling
    sections in this river system, there are a few others too. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in New Hampshire tend to be more challenging than the national average, so keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here
are not easy. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. This stretch is short so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch.

Briefly about the general area:
What would winter be without some skiing at Cannon Mountain; the Mount Kinsman Trail offers hiking
 
at its best. Gale River is near Franconia Notch State Park which is a pretty place, and hiking is a popular thing to do around Gale River; Jericho Road Trail is a perfect local trail. This river is so perfect. If you're popping by Gale River from Littleton, you won't be the only one. For the period of the warmest time of the year at Gale River temperatures are commonly in the 80's with overnight lows in the 50's. During the winter this place gets highs in the 20's, and winter nights come with lows in the 0's to Gale River. The amount of rain that falls at Gale River is close to the national average.

Gale River, Franconia to Ammonoosuc road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Gale River.
 Whitewater Near Gale River:
Gale River, Grafton County, 2 miles away
      Class II-IV - 3 miles long (Franconia to Ammonoosuc)
Ammonoosuc River, Coos County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 8 miles long (Littleton to Lisbon)
Wild Ammonoosuc River, Grafton County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 10 miles long (Wildwood to Covered Bridge)
Cascade Brook, Grafton County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 0.9 miles long (Lincoln)
Pemigewasset River, Grafton County, 11 miles away
      Class V - 2.9 miles long (Profile Lake through Franconia Notch)
Wild Ammonoosuc River, Grafton County, 11 miles away
      Class III - 2 miles long (Covered Bridge to Route 302)
Pemigewasset River, Grafton County, 12 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.25 miles long (Indian Head to East Branch confluence)
Pemigewasset River, Grafton County, 14 miles away
      Class II - 4.25 miles long (Woodstock)
Baker River, Grafton County, 14 miles away
      Class V - 3.8 miles long (Warren)
Glover Brook, Grafton County, 14 miles away
      Class V - 1.9 miles long (Elbow Pond to Pemigewasset River)
 Ski Areas Near Gale River:
Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire , 8 miles away, 2180 foot drop, 9 lifts, 72 runs
Loon Mountain, New Hampshire , 15 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 10 lifts, 45 runs
Lyndon Outing Club, Vermont , 17 miles away, 433 foot drop, 3 lifts, 9 runs
Burke Mountain, Vermont , 18 miles away, 2011 foot drop, 4 lifts, 45 runs
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire , 24 miles away, 2020 foot drop, 11 lifts, 52 runs
Bretton Woods, New Hampshire , 24 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 100 runs
Tenney Mountain, New Hampshire , 25 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 48 runs
Ragged Mountain, New Hampshire , 38 miles away, 1250 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Wildcat Mountain, New Hampshire , 39 miles away, 2112 foot drop, 4 lifts, 47 runs
Attitash Bear Peak, New Hampshire , 41 miles away, 1750 foot drop, 11 lifts, 78 runs
 Hotels Near Gale River:
Hampton Inn Littleton, Littleton , 3 miles away
Eastgate Motor Inn, Littleton , 4 miles away
BEST WESTERN White Mountain Inn, Franconia , 4 miles away
Hillwinds Lodge, Franconia , 5 miles away
Cannon Mountain View Motel, Franconia , 5 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Gale River:
Littleton-lisbon KOA Kampground, Lisbon, 3 miles away
Littton/Lisbon KOA, Lisbon, 3 miles away
Crazy Horse Campground, Littleton, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Gale River:
Jericho Road Trail, Grafton , 6 miles away
Mount Kinsman Trail, Grafton , 6 miles away
Cobble Hill Trail, Grafton , 8 miles away
Reel Brook Trail, Grafton , 8 miles away
Beech Hill Trail, Grafton , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Gale River:
Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire , 9 miles away
Maidstone State Park, Vermont , 22 miles away
Brighton State Park, Vermont , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Gale River:
Sunset Hill Golf Course, Lisbon , 2 miles away
Lisbon Village Country Club, Lisbon , 6 miles away
Maplewood Resort & Country Club, Bethlehem , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Gale River
Moore Reservoir, Grafton , 6 miles away
Forest Lake, Coos , 11 miles away
Martin Meadow Pond, Coos , 17 miles away

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