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New Hampshire whitewater, Minnewawa River

Cheshire county, Marlborough recycling center to Otter Brook section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV     4.5 miles
  If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so don't forget that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. The beautiful scenery of Cheshire County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Keene, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The Marlborough recycling
    center to Otter Brook stretch of Minnewawa River is 4.5 miles long and has been rated as a class II-IV section by American Whitewater. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. This stretch is mid length,
it's perfect for a one day trip. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good spots for that around here. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. If you'll be staying in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river, but if you donít have  
reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
The great folks of Marlborough like to hang out nearby, and stopping by Rhododendron State Park is a glorious thing to do. Going for a hike on the Marlboro Trail is always a magnificent adventure. A visit to Monadnock State Park when you're here at Minnewawa River is never a bad idea; there are magnificent spots to explore along the Farmers Trail. A typical amount of rainfall falls here at Minnewawa River. August is when you get the most rain here; February is the month with the least moisture. Through the warm days of summer highs here at Minnewawa River reach the 80's; throughout summer nights temperatures are in the 50's.

Minnewawa River, Marlborough recycling center to Otter Brook 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 Minnewawa River.
 Whitewater Near Minnewawa River:
Otter Brook, Chesire County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 3.1 miles long (Roxbury to Keene)
Minnewawa River, Cheshire County, 2 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.5 miles long (Marlborough recycling center to Otter Brook)
Ashuelot River - South Branch, Cheshire County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.3 miles long (Troy to Webb)
Otter Brook, Cheshire County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.2 miles long (East Sullivan to Otterbrook Park)
Ashuelot River, Cheshire County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Gilsum Gorge to Shaws Corner)
Ashuelot River, Cheshire County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.3 miles long (Marlow to Gilsum Gorge)
Contoocook River - North Branch, Hillsborough County, 13 miles away
      Class V - 6 miles long (Route 9 and 123 to Hillsboro Fire Station)
Cold River, Sullivan County, 15 miles away
      Class II - 5.5 miles long (South Acworth to Vilas Pool)
Contoocook River, Hillsborough County, 15 miles away
      Class II - 5 miles long (Jaffrey to Peterborough)
Cold River, Cheshire/Sullivan County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0.7 miles long (Vilas Pool to Alstead)
 Ski Areas Near Minnewawa River:
Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire , 23 miles away, 1510 foot drop, 10 lifts, 62 runs
Crotched Mountain, New Hampshire , 24 miles away, 875 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Living Memorial Park, Vermont , 26 miles away, 204 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Pine Ridge, Massachusetts , 27 miles away, 200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 8 runs
Wachusett Mountain, Massachusetts , 31 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Pats Peak, New Hampshire , 32 miles away, 710 foot drop, 8 lifts, 21 runs
Ascutney, Vermont , 33 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 6 lifts, 57 runs
Whaleback, New Hampshire , 35 miles away, 700 foot drop, 7 lifts, 28 runs
Ragged Mountain, New Hampshire , 39 miles away, 1250 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Magic Mountain, Vermont , 41 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 4 lifts, 40 runs
 Hotels Near Minnewawa River:
Courtyard Keene Downtown, Keene , 4 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Keene Downtown, Keene , 4 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Sovereign Hotel, Keene , 5 miles away
Holiday Inn Express KEENE, Keene , 5 miles away
Days Inn Keene NH, Keene , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Minnewawa River:
Hilltop Camp, Sullivan, 5 miles away
Wheelock Park Camp Ground, Keene, 6 miles away
Surry Mountain Campground, Keene, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Minnewawa River:
Marlboro Trail, Cheshire , 7 miles away
Farmers Trail, Cheshire , 7 miles away
White Arrow Trail, Cheshire , 8 miles away
Red Cross Trail, Cheshire , 9 miles away
White Dot Trail, Cheshire , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Minnewawa River:
Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor, Putnam - CT , 56 miles away
Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Woonsocket - RI , 68 miles away
Rhododendron State Park, New Hampshire , 7 miles away
Monadnock State Park, New Hampshire , 10 miles away
Erving State Forest, Massachusetts , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Minnewawa River:
Bretwood Golf Course, Keene , 7 miles away
Shattuck Golf Course, Jaffrey , 12 miles away
Pine Grove Spring Country Club, Spofford , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Minnewawa River
Otter Brook Lake, Cheshire , 2 miles away
Stone Pond, Cheshire , 4 miles away
Swanzey Lake, Cheshire , 7 miles away

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