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New Hampshire whitewater, Winnipesaukee River

Belknap Merrimack county, Cross Mill bridge road to Franklin section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     1.25 miles
  This stretch of Winnipesaukee River in Belknap / Merrimack County is 1.25 miles long and it is classified as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in New Hampshire is often more difficult than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many runs in this state are not easy. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The wonderful Belknap / Merrimack County scenery
    and the water flowing gracefully down Winnipesaukee River beats anything. If you're coming from Concord it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that.
No need to look hard for hotels, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. The wild scenery of the White Mountains is great. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling rivers. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature will make you glad  
you came. This is an extremely short section so no need to bring snacks.

Briefly about the general area:
Winnipesaukee River is in the neighborhood of Wellington State Beach which is a scenic spot. Ragged Mountain has nice slopes and a friendly staff; nothing beats kicking back at Endicott Park Beach. This river is a great place to visit. You're sure to stumble upon some cheerful folks from Franklin here, and Rollins State Park is a splendid place to stretch your legs a bit. Summertime highs at Winnipesaukee River frequently tend to be in the 80's. All through the moonlight hours it's ordinarily in the 50's.

Winnipesaukee River, Cross Mill bridge road to Franklin 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 Winnipesaukee River.
 Whitewater Near Winnipesaukee River:
Winnipesaukee River, Belknap / Merrimack County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.25 miles long (Cross Mill bridge road to Franklin)
Merrimack River, Merrimack County, 1 miles away
      Class I - 18 miles long (Franklin to Penacook)
Winnipesaukee River, Belknap County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 2.1 miles long (Upper)
Blackwater River, Merrimack County, 8 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.5 miles long (Route 127 to Snyder's Mill)
Pemigewasset River, Grafton/ Belknap County, 10 miles away
      Class II(III) - 1.6 miles long (Ayers Island dam to Coolidge)
Newfound River River, Grafton County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 1.5 miles long (Newfound lake to Bristol)
Smith River, Merrimack / Grafton County, 13 miles away
      Class IV - 1.75 miles long (Route 104 to Bristol)
Fowler River, Grafton County, 18 miles away
      Class V - 5.9 miles long (Alexandria)
Contoocook River, Hillsborough County, 20 miles away
      Class II(III) - 2 miles long (Henniker)
Mad River, Grafton County, 21 miles away
      Class III - 1 miles long (Gorge)
 Ski Areas Near Winnipesaukee River:
Ragged Mountain, New Hampshire , 15 miles away, 1250 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Tenney Mountain, New Hampshire , 18 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 48 runs
Pats Peak, New Hampshire , 18 miles away, 710 foot drop, 8 lifts, 21 runs
Gunstock, New Hampshire , 19 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
McIntyre, New Hampshire , 26 miles away, 300 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire , 27 miles away, 2020 foot drop, 11 lifts, 52 runs
Crotched Mountain, New Hampshire , 28 miles away, 875 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Abenaki, New Hampshire , 29 miles away, 100 foot drop, 2 lifts, 6 runs
Loon Mountain, New Hampshire , 31 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 10 lifts, 45 runs
Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire , 31 miles away, 1510 foot drop, 10 lifts, 62 runs
 Marinas Near Winnipesaukee River:
Jay's Marina, Tilton , 8 miles away
Lakeport Landing, Laconia , 13 miles away
Meredith Marina, Meredith , 14 miles away
Paugus Bay Marina, Meredith , 14 miles away
Thurston's Marina, Laconia , 15 miles away
 Beaches Near Winnipesaukee River:
Endicott Park Beach, Belknap , 15 miles away
Center Harbor Town Beach, Belknap , 18 miles away
Gilford Beach, Belknap , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Winnipesaukee River:
Super 8 Tilton/Lake Winnipesaukee, Tilton , 4 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites TILTON - LAKES REGION, Tilton , 5 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Tilton, Tilton , 5 miles away
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Tilton, Tilton , 7 miles away
Landmark Inn, Laconia , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Winnipesaukee River:
Pine Grove Campground, Franklin, 2 miles away
Thousand Aces Family Campground, Franklin, 2 miles away
Silver Lake Park Campground, Belmont, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Winnipesaukee River:
Wilmot Trail, Merrimack , 16 miles away
The Wall Trail, Grafton , 17 miles away
Prospect Trail, Grafton , 17 miles away
Melton Falls Trail, Grafton , 18 miles away
Ramsey Trail, Grafton , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Winnipesaukee River:
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, Boston - MA , 68 miles away
Wellington State Beach, New Hampshire , 14 miles away
Rollins State Park, New Hampshire , 15 miles away
Winslow State Park, New Hampshire , 16 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Winnipesaukee River:
Mojalaki Golf Club, Franklin , 1 miles away
Den Brae Golf Course, Sanbornton , 3 miles away
Canterbury Woods Country Club, Canterbury , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Winnipesaukee River
Webster Lake, Merrimack , 4 miles away
Lake Winnisquam, Belknap , 7 miles away
Pillsbury Lake, Merrimack , 9 miles away

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