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New Hampshire whitewater, Pemigewasset River

Grafton Belknap county, Ayers Island dam to Coolidge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II(III)     1.6 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in New Hampshire are harder than the national norm, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. The natural beauty of Grafton/ Belknap County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels
    fill up quick. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. If you're coming from Concord it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, please print out a copy
of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The Ayers Island dam to Coolidge stretch of Pemigewasset River in New Hampshire is 1.6 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II(III) section of whitewater. The Ayers Island dam to Coolidge stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. Whitewater paddling here in the White Mountains is a great experience. You can pitch a tent or park your RV  
at a nearby campground. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good places for that around here. This is a bit of a short stretch so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over.

Briefly about the general area:
A trip to Rollins State Park when you're here at Pemigewasset River is a great idea, and you'll meet a lot of people from Bristol here. You'll in fact wish for more hours in a day to enjoy all the exciting things in the White Mountains. A delightful location like Wellington State Beach in close proximity to Pemigewasset River is too glorious to leave out, and the Melton Falls Trail is a pleasant hiking trail close by.

Pemigewasset River, Ayers Island dam to Coolidge 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 Pemigewasset River.
 Whitewater Near Pemigewasset River:
Pemigewasset River, Grafton/ Belknap County, 0 miles away
      Class II(III) - 1.6 miles long (Ayers Island dam to Coolidge)
Newfound River River, Grafton County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 1.5 miles long (Newfound lake to Bristol)
Smith River, Merrimack / Grafton County, 6 miles away
      Class IV - 1.75 miles long (Route 104 to Bristol)
Merrimack River, Merrimack County, 9 miles away
      Class I - 18 miles long (Franklin to Penacook)
Fowler River, Grafton County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 5.9 miles long (Alexandria)
Winnipesaukee River, Belknap / Merrimack County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.25 miles long (Cross Mill bridge road to Franklin)
Halls Brook, -blank- County, 12 miles away
      Class V - 2.6 miles long (Halls Brook Road to Highway 25)
Winnipesaukee River, Belknap County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 2.1 miles long (Upper)
Branch Brook, Grafton County, 14 miles away
      Class II-V - 3.3 miles long (Ellsworth to Branch Brook campground)
Blackwater River, Merrimack County, 15 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.5 miles long (Route 127 to Snyder's Mill)
 Ski Areas Near Pemigewasset River:
Tenney Mountain, New Hampshire , 8 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 48 runs
Ragged Mountain, New Hampshire , 10 miles away, 1250 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Pats Peak, New Hampshire , 22 miles away, 710 foot drop, 8 lifts, 21 runs
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire , 23 miles away, 2020 foot drop, 11 lifts, 52 runs
Loon Mountain, New Hampshire , 24 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 10 lifts, 45 runs
Gunstock, New Hampshire , 25 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire , 28 miles away, 1510 foot drop, 10 lifts, 62 runs
Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire , 29 miles away, 2180 foot drop, 9 lifts, 72 runs
Crotched Mountain, New Hampshire , 31 miles away, 875 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Whaleback, New Hampshire , 31 miles away, 700 foot drop, 7 lifts, 28 runs
 Marinas Near Pemigewasset River:
Asquam Marina at Holderness Harbor, Holderness , 12 miles away
Jay's Marina, Tilton , 15 miles away
Meredith Marina, Meredith , 16 miles away
Paugus Bay Marina, Meredith , 16 miles away
Lakeport Landing, Laconia , 18 miles away
 Beaches Near Pemigewasset River:
Endicott Park Beach, Belknap , 19 miles away
Wadleigh State Beach, Merrimack , 19 miles away
Center Harbor Town Beach, Belknap , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Pemigewasset River:
Comfort Inn Ashland, Ashland , 8 miles away
Cheney House, Ashland , 8 miles away
Red Carpet Inn And Suites Plymouth, Plymouth , 9 miles away
Econo Lodge Near Plymouth State University, Plymouth , 10 miles away
Days Inn Campton, Campton , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Pemigewasset River:
Blueberry Shores Campground, Bristol, 2 miles away
Newfound RV Park, Bristol, 3 miles away
Davidson's Countryside Campground, Plymouth, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Pemigewasset River:
Melton Falls Trail, Grafton , 8 miles away
Manning Trail, Grafton , 11 miles away
Holt Trail, Grafton , 11 miles away
Clark Trail, Grafton , 12 miles away
Rattlesnake Mountain Trail, Grafton , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Pemigewasset River:
Wellington State Beach, New Hampshire , 5 miles away
Rollins State Park, New Hampshire , 12 miles away
Winslow State Park, New Hampshire , 13 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Pemigewasset River:
Den Brae Golf Course, Sanbornton , 8 miles away
White Mountain Country Club, Ashland , 8 miles away
Ragged Mountain Ski Resort, Danbury , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Pemigewasset River
Newfound Lake, Grafton , 5 miles away
Webster Lake, Merrimack , 7 miles away
Pemingewasset Lake, Belknap , 9 miles away

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