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New Hampshire whitewater, Contoocook River

Hillsborough county, Jaffrey to Peterborough section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     5 miles
Tried to paddle this in a canoe with relatively high water but was too shallow and rocky. Better off with a kayak. Says Mike Quinn

The beautiful scenery of New Hampshire and the playfulness of the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The Jaffrey to Peterborough stretch of Contoocook River in New Hampshire is 5 miles long and is a class II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Getting some good
    exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. The starting location is a short drive from Keene, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The Jaffrey
to Peterborough section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. This stretch has has enough mileage, good for a one day paddling trip. The average New Hampshire whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so better not forget that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable  
for beginners. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground.

Briefly about the general area:
A day at picturesque Picnickers Beach next to Contoocook River is a great thing to do. The friendly folks of Peterborough like to hang out close by, and do take a hike on the Harling Trail. This is a great river. Really fine skiing awaits you at Crotched Mountain; Monadnock State Park is both glorious and pretty. Campers Beach is in the neighborhood of Contoocook River and is a picturesque beach to stop by, and Contoocook River is near Miller State Park which is a delightful place.

Contoocook River, Jaffrey to Peterborough road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Contoocook River.
 Whitewater Near Contoocook River:
Contoocook River, Hillsborough County, 3 miles away
      Class II - 5 miles long (Jaffrey to Peterborough)
Stony Brook, Hillsborough County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.25 miles long (Route 31 to Wilton)
Contoocook River - North Branch, Hillsborough County, 12 miles away
      Class V - 6 miles long (Route 9 and 123 to Hillsboro Fire Station)
Souhegan River, Hillsborough County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.75 miles long (Greenville to New Hampshire Route 101)
Ashuelot River - South Branch, Cheshire County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.3 miles long (Troy to Webb)
Minnewawa River, Cheshire County, 15 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.5 miles long (Marlborough recycling center to Otter Brook)
Millers River, Worcester County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (South Royalston to Athol)
Souhegan River, Hillsborough County, 16 miles away
      Class III - 1.25 miles long (NH Route 101 Bridge to Wilton)
Otter Brook, Cheshire County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.2 miles long (East Sullivan to Otterbrook Park)
Contoocook River, Hillsborough County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Hillsborough to Henniker)
 Ski Areas Near Contoocook River:
Crotched Mountain, New Hampshire , 11 miles away, 875 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Wachusett Mountain, Massachusetts , 19 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Pats Peak, New Hampshire , 21 miles away, 710 foot drop, 8 lifts, 21 runs
Pine Ridge, Massachusetts , 24 miles away, 200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 8 runs
Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire , 26 miles away, 1510 foot drop, 10 lifts, 62 runs
Ragged Mountain, New Hampshire , 34 miles away, 1250 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
McIntyre, New Hampshire , 38 miles away, 300 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Whaleback, New Hampshire , 41 miles away, 700 foot drop, 7 lifts, 28 runs
Living Memorial Park, Vermont , 42 miles away, 204 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Ascutney, Vermont , 46 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 6 lifts, 57 runs
 Hotels Near Contoocook River:
Jack Daniels Motor Inn, Peterborough , 3 miles away
Monadnock Inn, Jaffrey , 5 miles away
Maplehurst Inn, Antrim , 10 miles away
Super 8 Gardner, Gardner , 14 miles away
The Colonial Hotel, Gardner , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Contoocook River:
Woodmore Campground, Rindge, 2 miles away
Emerald Acres, Jaffrey, 2 miles away
Monadnock State Park Campground, Cheshire County, 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Contoocook River:
Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor, Putnam - CT , 48 miles away
Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Woonsocket - RI , 54 miles away
Monadnock State Park, New Hampshire , 7 miles away
Miller State Park, New Hampshire , 8 miles away
Otter River State Forest, Massachusetts , 12 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Contoocook River:
Monadnock Country Club, Peterborough , 3 miles away
Woodbound Lodge, Rindge , 3 miles away
Winchendon Country Club, Winchendon , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Contoocook River
Contoocook Lake, Cheshire , 4 miles away
Lake Monomonac, Cheshire , 6 miles away
Nubanusit Lake, Cheshire , 7 miles away

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