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New Hampshire whitewater, Suncook River

Belknap county, Suncook dam to Center Barnstead section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     2.3 miles
  This stretch of Suncook River in New Hampshire is 2.3 miles long and has been rated as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Laconia, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The scenic beauty of New Hampshire and the water flowing gracefully down Suncook River have people coming here. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both,
    doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of places for that. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The rivers for whitewater rafting
and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many runs in this state are not easy. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. This section is quite short so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. This river system has a few  
good paddling stretches and the Suncook dam to Center Barnstead section is one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
The wonderful folks of Barnstead like to hang out nearby, and on a delightful day you can pop by Alton Town Beach. There's great hiking along the Campground Trail, and the skiing at Gunstock is fine. This is a great river. When you're here at Suncook River it's always fun to take a look at Pawtuckaway State Park, and Wolfeboro Town Beach is a beautiful beach to take a look at. Suncook River is near Bear Brook State Park which is a stunning place. The Catamount Trail offers hiking at its best.

Suncook River, Suncook dam to Center Barnstead 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 Suncook River.
 Whitewater Near Suncook River:
Suncook River, Belknap County, 0 miles away
      Class I-II - 2.3 miles long (Suncook dam to Center Barnstead)
Suncook River, Merrimack County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II+(III) - 6 miles long (Pittsfield to North Chichester)
Little Suncook, Merrimack County, 7 miles away
      Class IV - 3.1 miles long (Northwood to Gossville)
North River, -blank- County, 16 miles away
      Class II - 3 miles long (Nottingham)
Winnipesaukee River, Belknap County, 21 miles away
      Class I-II - 2.1 miles long (Upper)
Lovell River, Carroll County, 21 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6 miles long (Pine Hill Road and Route 25)
Merrimack River, Hillsborough County, 23 miles away
      Class I-II+(III) - 5.3 miles long (Amoskeag Falls to Goffs Falls)
Cold Brook, Carrol County, 24 miles away
      Class V - 1.4 miles long (Route 25 to Bearcamp River)
Bearcamp River, Carroll County, 25 miles away
      Class II-IV - 3.5 miles long (Bennett Corner to Whittier)
Winnipesaukee River, Belknap / Merrimack County, 25 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.25 miles long (Cross Mill bridge road to Franklin)
 Ski Areas Near Suncook River:
Gunstock, New Hampshire , 12 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Abenaki, New Hampshire , 13 miles away, 100 foot drop, 2 lifts, 6 runs
McIntyre, New Hampshire , 21 miles away, 300 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
King Pine, New Hampshire , 29 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 16 runs
Bradford, Massachusetts , 34 miles away, 300 foot drop, 8 lifts, 13 runs
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire , 36 miles away, 2020 foot drop, 11 lifts, 52 runs
Attitash Bear Peak, New Hampshire , 37 miles away, 1750 foot drop, 11 lifts, 78 runs
Cranmore Mountain, New Hampshire , 37 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 10 lifts, 39 runs
Pats Peak, New Hampshire , 38 miles away, 710 foot drop, 8 lifts, 21 runs
Tenney Mountain, New Hampshire , 40 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 48 runs
 Marinas Near Suncook River:
West Alton Marina & Boat, Alton Bay , 10 miles away
Roberts Cove Basin, Alton , 10 miles away
Wolfeboro Corinthian Yacht, Wolfeboro , 12 miles away
Mountain View Yacht Club, Gilford , 15 miles away
Silver Sands Marina, Gilford , 15 miles away
 Beaches Near Suncook River:
Alton Town Beach, Belknap , 6 miles away
Wolfeboro Town Beach, Carroll , 12 miles away
Brewster Beach, Carroll , 12 miles away
Allen Albee Beach, Carroll , 14 miles away
Clows Beach, Carroll , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Suncook River:
Wolfeboro Inn, Wolfeboro , 12 miles away
Stephen Clay Homestead B&B, Candia , 14 miles away
Landmark Inn, Laconia , 17 miles away
The Margate Resort, Laconia , 17 miles away
Lake Opechee Inn And Spa, Laconia , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Suncook River:
Sun River Campground, Center Barnstead, 0 miles away
Hillcrest Campground and Cabins, Pittsfield, 5 miles away
Roberts Knoll Campground, Alton, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Suncook River:
Campground Trail, Rockingham , 12 miles away
Catamount Trail, Merrimack , 13 miles away
Onemile Trail, Merrimack , 13 miles away
Broken Boulder Smith Pond Trail, Merrimack , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Suncook River:
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, Boston - MA , 52 miles away
Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Woonsocket - RI , 70 miles away
Bear Brook State Park, New Hampshire , 10 miles away
Pawtuckaway State Park, New Hampshire , 12 miles away
White Lake State Park, New Hampshire , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Suncook River:
Nippo Lake Golf Club, Barrington , 4 miles away
Kmgswood Golf Club, Wolfeboro , 12 miles away
Loudon Country Club, Loudon , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Suncook River
Lower Suncook Lake, Belknap , 1 miles away
Locke Lake, Belknap , 2 miles away
Upper Suncook Lake, Belknap , 2 miles away

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