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New Hampshire whitewater, Ellis River

Carroll county, Route 16 to Jackson Golf Course section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     6 miles
  The Route 16 to Jackson Golf Course section of Ellis River is 6 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-IV section. The starting location is a short drive from Laconia, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The wonderful New Hampshire scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. There's camping available near Ellis River.
    When you're paddling down a White Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. There are some good hotels near the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up
quick. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature are great attractions for lots of people. The Route 16 to Jackson Golf Course section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. On this section you do get some distance, suitable for an afternoon trip. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good spots for that around here. Whitewater rafting  
and kayaking in New Hampshire is often tougher than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable.

Briefly about the general area:
Going to White Mountain National Forest near Ellis River is a great thing to do, and going for a hike on the Wildcat Cutoff is always a nice adventure. And if that's not enough there's lots more entertaining stuff to do in the White Mountains. A trip to Mt. Washington State Park when you're here at Ellis River is never a bad idea, and there are delightful places to look at along the Langlaup Trail.

Ellis River, Route 16 to Jackson Golf Course 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 Ellis River.
 Whitewater Near Ellis River:
Ellis River, Carroll County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Route 16 to Jackson Golf Course)
Rocky Branch, Carroll County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.2 miles long (Jericho Road and Route 302)
Saco River - East Branch, Carroll County, 5 miles away
      Class IV - 2.1 miles long (Route 302 at Lower Bartlett)
Swift River, Carroll County, 7 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 5.35 miles long (Lower Falls to Darby Field sign)
Peabody River, Coos County, 9 miles away
      Class IV - 5 miles long (Route 16 to Gorham)
Peabody River - West Branch, Coos County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 5.5 miles long (Chandler Brook to Peabody River)
Dry River, Coos County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 1.5 miles long (Dry River Trail to Dry River Campground)
Saco River, Carroll County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6.2 miles long (Crawford Notch to Bartlett)
Sawyer River, Carroll County, 14 miles away
      Class V - 3.5 miles long (Livermore)
Wonalancet, Carroll County, 14 miles away
      Class III - 4.25 miles long (Route 113A to Tamworth)
 Ski Areas Near Ellis River:
Black Mountain, New Hampshire , 3 miles away, 1100 foot drop, 4 lifts, 40 runs
Attitash Bear Peak, New Hampshire , 4 miles away, 1750 foot drop, 11 lifts, 78 runs
Wildcat Mountain, New Hampshire , 6 miles away, 2112 foot drop, 4 lifts, 47 runs
Cranmore Mountain, New Hampshire , 8 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 10 lifts, 39 runs
King Pine, New Hampshire , 16 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 16 runs
Bretton Woods, New Hampshire , 18 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 100 runs
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire , 24 miles away, 2020 foot drop, 11 lifts, 52 runs
Abenaki, New Hampshire , 27 miles away, 100 foot drop, 2 lifts, 6 runs
Shawnee Peak, Maine , 27 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 5 lifts, 44 runs
Sunday River, Maine , 29 miles away, 2340 foot drop, 18 lifts, 128 runs
 Hotels Near Ellis River:
Eagle Mountain House And Golf Club, Jackson , 2 miles away
The Wentworth Hotel, Jackson , 2 miles away
Covered Bridge Riverview Lodge, Jackson , 2 miles away
Inn At Jackson, Jackson , 2 miles away
Inn At Thorn Hill And Spa, Jackson , 2 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Ellis River:
Glen Ellis Family Campground, Glen, 3 miles away
Green Meadow Camping Area, Glen, 3 miles away
Crawford Notch General Store and Campground, Bartlett, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Ellis River:
Wildcat Cutoff, Carroll , 2 miles away
Langlaup Trail, Carroll , 3 miles away
Stairs Col Trail, Carroll , 4 miles away
Cow Brook Trail, Carroll , 4 miles away
East Pasture Trail, Carroll , 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Ellis River:
White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire , 6 miles away
Mt. Washington State Park, New Hampshire , 9 miles away
Crawford Notch State Park, New Hampshire , 12 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Ellis River:
North Conway Country Club, North Conway , 7 miles away
Androscoggin Valley Country Club Garage, Gorham , 12 miles away
Androscoggin Valley Country, Gorham , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Ellis River
Conway Lake, Carroll , 13 miles away
Carrigain Pond, Grafton , 18 miles away
Ossipee Lake, Carroll , 18 miles away

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