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New Hampshire whitewater, Saco River

Carroll county, Crawford Notch to Bartlett section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     6.2 miles
  The starting location is a reasonable drive from Laconia, as you can see on the road map further down. This stretch of Saco River in New Hampshire is 6.2 miles long and is a class III-IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The wonderful New Hampshire scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water make the trip here worthwhile. This is a pretty decent length section, it's perfect for a one day trip. You might
    be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you'll find a large number of good places. There are some good hotels near the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. If
you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. The White Mountains scenery is wonderful. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Crawford Notch to Bartlett stretch is one of them. The campgrounds here at Saco River are pretty good. Great exercise and just hanging out with  
mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Saco River you'll perhaps meet some people from Bartlett, and no need to travel far to stop at out of the ordinary stuff like Hart Ledge. You clearly should fancy the White Mountains. The Mount Parker Trail is a perfect hiking trail in close proximity to Saco River, and hey, Gotta ski right? Attitash Bear Peak is a splendid spot to do that. This river is so good. Going to Crawford Notch State Park in the neighborhood of Saco River is a nice thing to do, and on a tremendous day you can take a hike along the Razor Brook Trail.

Saco River, Crawford Notch to Bartlett 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 Saco River.
 Whitewater Near Saco River:
Saco River, Carroll County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6.2 miles long (Crawford Notch to Bartlett)
Rocky Branch, Carroll County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.2 miles long (Jericho Road and Route 302)
Dry River, Coos County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 1.5 miles long (Dry River Trail to Dry River Campground)
Sawyer River, Carroll County, 6 miles away
      Class V - 3.5 miles long (Livermore)
Swift River, Carroll County, 7 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 5.35 miles long (Lower Falls to Darby Field sign)
Ellis River, Carroll County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Route 16 to Jackson Golf Course)
Swift River, Carroll County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.6 miles long (Rocky Gorge to Lower Falls)
Swift River, Carroll/ Grafton County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 4 miles long (Bear Notch Road to Rocky Gorge)
Pemigewasset River - North Fork, Grafton County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 12.4 miles long (Lincoln)
Wonalancet, Carroll County, 10 miles away
      Class III - 4.25 miles long (Route 113A to Tamworth)
 Ski Areas Near Saco River:
Attitash Bear Peak, New Hampshire , 6 miles away, 1750 foot drop, 11 lifts, 78 runs
Wildcat Mountain, New Hampshire , 10 miles away, 2112 foot drop, 4 lifts, 47 runs
Black Mountain, New Hampshire , 11 miles away, 1100 foot drop, 4 lifts, 40 runs
Bretton Woods, New Hampshire , 13 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 100 runs
Cranmore Mountain, New Hampshire , 15 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 10 lifts, 39 runs
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire , 16 miles away, 2020 foot drop, 11 lifts, 52 runs
King Pine, New Hampshire , 19 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 16 runs
Loon Mountain, New Hampshire , 22 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 10 lifts, 45 runs
Abenaki, New Hampshire , 25 miles away, 100 foot drop, 2 lifts, 6 runs
Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire , 27 miles away, 2180 foot drop, 9 lifts, 72 runs
 Hotels Near Saco River:
Seasons At Attitash, Bartlett , 3 miles away
The Bartlett Inn, Bartlett , 3 miles away
Villager Motel, Bartlett , 4 miles away
Attitash Grand Summit Hotel, Bartlett , 5 miles away
Attitash Mountain Village Resort, Bartlett , 5 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Saco River:
4th Iron, Bartlett, 2 miles away
Mt Langdon Shelter, Bartlett, 3 miles away
Rocky Branch Shelter #1, Bartlett, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Saco River:
Razor Brook Trail, Coos , 0 miles away
Mount Parker Trail, Carroll , 2 miles away
Mount Tremont Trail, Carroll , 2 miles away
Passaconaway Trail, Carroll , 3 miles away
Bear Mountain Ski Trail, Carroll , 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Saco River:
Crawford Notch State Park, New Hampshire , 8 miles away
Mt. Washington State Park, New Hampshire , 9 miles away
White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire , 11 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Saco River:
North Conway Country Club, North Conway , 13 miles away
Golf Club Of New England, Stratham , 15 miles away
Waterville Valley Golf Course, Waterville Valley , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Saco River
Carrigain Pond, Grafton , 10 miles away
Conway Lake, Carroll , 19 miles away
Little Dan Hole Pond, Carroll , 19 miles away

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