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New Hampshire whitewater, Merrimack River

Hillsborough county, Amoskeag Falls to Goffs Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II+(III)     5.3 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Manchester-Nashua, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The Amoskeag Falls to Goffs Falls stretch of Merrimack River in New Hampshire is 5.3 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-II+(III) section of whitewater. The wonderful Hillsborough County scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Merrimack River make the trip here worthwhile. A good
    workout and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. The Amoskeag Falls to Goffs Falls stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. There are campgrounds quite near the
river where you can camp. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in New Hampshire are often more challenging than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. This stretch has has enough mileage, suitable for an afternoon trip. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling spots.

about the general area:
You'll meet a lot of people from Manchester here, and the snow is nice at McIntyre. Near Merrimack River you locate the Catamount Trail which is a magnificent hiking trail. A tour to Bear Brook State Park when you're here at Merrimack River is a tremendous idea, and the Broken Boulder Smith Pond Trail is a splendid hiking trail close by. Merrimack River is a wet spot that gets a great deal of rainfall. During the month of November you get the most rain around here; January is when it's the driest. Summertime brings highs in the 80's to Merrimack River, and throughout the night it cools down to the 50's.

Merrimack River, Amoskeag Falls to Goffs Falls 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 Merrimack River.
 Whitewater Near Merrimack River:
Merrimack River, Hillsborough County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II+(III) - 5.3 miles long (Amoskeag Falls to Goffs Falls)
Souhegan River, Hillsborough County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - -blank- miles long (Indian Ledges)
Piscataquog River, Hillsborough County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 2.4 miles long (Goffstown)
Piscataquog River - South Branch, Hillsborough County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - 5 miles long (New Boston to Goffstown)
Little Suncook, Merrimack County, 18 miles away
      Class IV - 3.1 miles long (Northwood to Gossville)
Suncook River, Merrimack County, 20 miles away
      Class I-II+(III) - 6 miles long (Pittsfield to North Chichester)
Concord River, Middlesex County, 21 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 1.5 miles long (Close to Lowell)
Souhegan River, Hillsborough County, 21 miles away
      Class III - 1.25 miles long (NH Route 101 Bridge to Wilton)
Blackwater River, Merrimack County, 23 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.5 miles long (Route 127 to Snyder's Mill)
Souhegan River, Hillsborough County, 24 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.75 miles long (Greenville to New Hampshire Route 101)
 Ski Areas Near Merrimack River:
McIntyre, New Hampshire , 3 miles away, 300 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Pats Peak, New Hampshire , 25 miles away, 710 foot drop, 8 lifts, 21 runs
Crotched Mountain, New Hampshire , 29 miles away, 875 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Gunstock, New Hampshire , 30 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Bradford, Massachusetts , 30 miles away, 300 foot drop, 8 lifts, 13 runs
Abenaki, New Hampshire , 36 miles away, 100 foot drop, 2 lifts, 6 runs
Ragged Mountain, New Hampshire , 37 miles away, 1250 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Wachusett Mountain, Massachusetts , 37 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Tenney Mountain, New Hampshire , 44 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 48 runs
Blue Hills, Massachusetts , 45 miles away, 309 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
 Marinas Near Merrimack River:
Dockside Marina, Salem , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Merrimack River:
Econo Lodge Manchester, Manchester , 1 miles away
Comfort Inn Airport, Manchester , 1 miles away
Hilton Garden Inn Manchester Downtown, Manchester , 1 miles away
Radisson Hotel Manchester Downtown, Manchester , 1 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Manchester Airport, NH, Bedford , 1 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Merrimack River:
Twin Oaks Campground, Suncook, 9 miles away
Calef Lake Camping Area, Auburn, 10 miles away
New Boston Rec Area, Amherst, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Merrimack River:
Broken Boulder Smith Pond Trail, Merrimack , 11 miles away
Catamount Trail, Merrimack , 11 miles away
Onemile Trail, Merrimack , 11 miles away
Campground Trail, Rockingham , 13 miles away
Old Country Road, Hillsborough , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Merrimack River:
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, Boston - MA , 42 miles away
Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Woonsocket - RI , 49 miles away
Bear Brook State Park, New Hampshire , 14 miles away
Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest, Massachusetts , 17 miles away
Great Brook Farm State Park, Massachusetts , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Merrimack River:
Intervale Country Club, Manchester , 3 miles away
Hidden Creek Country Club, Litchfield , 4 miles away
Londonderry Country Club, Londonderry , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Merrimack River
Tower Hill Pond, Rockingham , 7 miles away
Baboosic Lake, Hillsborough , 9 miles away
Honey Pot Pond, Hillsborough , 11 miles away

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