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New Hampshire whitewater, Souhegan River

Hillsborough county, NH Route 101 Bridge to Wilton section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     1.25 miles
  The wonderful New Hampshire scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water beats anything. The NH Route 101 Bridge to Wilton stretch of Souhegan River in New Hampshire is 1.25 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III section. The average New Hampshire whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers here
    are not as easy as elsewhere. The starting point is not too far from Manchester-Nashua, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both,
doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling rivers. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. There aren’t any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're  
all set.

Briefly about the general area:
You'll meet a lot of folks from Wilton here, and a spree here wouldn’t be complete without a trip to close by Willard Brook State Forest. The Mitchell Hill Road is a good hiking trail close to Souhegan River; a nice beach close by is Picnickers Beach. A river like this is too good to miss. Don't leave Souhegan River without going to Miller State Park; Campers Beach is a beach nearby that you can have a look at. Near Souhegan River you discover the Old Country Road which is a good hiking trail, and the best way to spend a winter day is on the slopes of close by Crotched Mountain.

Souhegan River, NH Route 101 Bridge to Wilton road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

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Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Souhegan River.
 Whitewater Near Souhegan River:
Souhegan River, Hillsborough County, 0 miles away
      Class III - 1.25 miles long (NH Route 101 Bridge to Wilton)
Souhegan River, Hillsborough County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.75 miles long (Greenville to New Hampshire Route 101)
Stony Brook, Hillsborough County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.25 miles long (Route 31 to Wilton)
Piscataquog River - South Branch, Hillsborough County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 5 miles long (New Boston to Goffstown)
Piscataquog River, Hillsborough County, 15 miles away
      Class II - 2.4 miles long (Goffstown)
Souhegan River, Hillsborough County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - -blank- miles long (Indian Ledges)
Contoocook River, Hillsborough County, 17 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Hillsborough to Henniker)
Contoocook River, Hillsborough County, 18 miles away
      Class II(III) - 2 miles long (Henniker)
Contoocook River, Hillsborough County, 19 miles away
      Class II - 5 miles long (Jaffrey to Peterborough)
Merrimack River, Hillsborough County, 21 miles away
      Class I-II+(III) - 5.3 miles long (Amoskeag Falls to Goffs Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Souhegan River:
Crotched Mountain, New Hampshire , 13 miles away, 875 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Pats Peak, New Hampshire , 17 miles away, 710 foot drop, 8 lifts, 21 runs
Wachusett Mountain, Massachusetts , 20 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
McIntyre, New Hampshire , 23 miles away, 300 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Pine Ridge, Massachusetts , 33 miles away, 200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 8 runs
Ragged Mountain, New Hampshire , 33 miles away, 1250 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire , 34 miles away, 1510 foot drop, 10 lifts, 62 runs
Gunstock, New Hampshire , 44 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Tenney Mountain, New Hampshire , 46 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 48 runs
Bradford, Massachusetts , 48 miles away, 300 foot drop, 8 lifts, 13 runs
 Beaches Near Souhegan River:
Campers Beach, Hillsborough , 12 miles away
Picnickers Beach, Hillsborough , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Souhegan River:
Great Wolf Lodge New England, Fitchburg , 14 miles away
Jack Daniels Motor Inn, Peterborough , 14 miles away
DoubleTree By Hilton Leominster, Leominster , 15 miles away
Hill - Brook Motel, Bedford , 16 miles away
Crowne Plaza NASHUA, Nashua , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Souhegan River:
Echo Valley, Lyndeborough, 4 miles away
Wildwood Campground, New Boston, 6 miles away
Field & Stream Travel Trailer, Brookline, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Souhegan River:
Mitchell Hill Road, Hillsborough , 3 miles away
Old Country Road, Hillsborough , 9 miles away
Wapack Trail, Hillsborough , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Souhegan River:
Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Woonsocket - RI , 46 miles away
Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor, Putnam - CT , 48 miles away
Miller State Park, New Hampshire , 9 miles away
Willard Brook State Forest, Massachusetts , 9 miles away
Leominster State Forest, Massachusetts , 16 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Souhegan River:
Townsend Ridge Country Club, Townsend , 9 miles away
Ponemah Green, Amherst , 9 miles away
Amherst Country Club, Amherst , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Souhegan River
Haunted Lake, Hillsborough , 7 miles away
Silver Lake, Hillsborough , 11 miles away
Honey Pot Pond, Hillsborough , 12 miles away

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