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New Hampshire whitewater, Winnipesaukee River

Belknap county, Upper section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     2.1 miles
  The Upper stretch of Winnipesaukee River is 2.1 miles long and is a class I-II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The nature scenery of New Hampshire and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. The put-in is not too far from Concord, as you can see on the road map further down. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in New Hampshire are often tougher than in other states, so better not
    forget that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. The Upper stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. There are some good hotels near the river, but do book a room before you come
because it is a very popular destination. There's camping available near Winnipesaukee River. The beauty of the White Mountains is a great plus for this river. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. This is a short paddling stretch so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons  
to come.

Briefly about the general area:
A magnificent place to stop by in the vicinity of Winnipesaukee River is The Gulf, and you'll meet a lot of people from Tilton here. Now, you may believe that's plenty but there's even more amusing things to do here in the White Mountains. Enjoy a lazy day on the beach at Gilford Beach, and Endicott Park Beach is pretty close by if you're in a beach type of mood. This river is so perfect. Winnipesaukee River is a good spot of common rain. Most of the rain falls through May, and the driest month of the year is January. Summer brings highs in the 80's to Winnipesaukee River.

Winnipesaukee River, Upper 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 Winnipesaukee River.
 Whitewater Near Winnipesaukee River:
Winnipesaukee River, Belknap County, 1 miles away
      Class I-II - 2.1 miles long (Upper)
Winnipesaukee River, Belknap / Merrimack County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.25 miles long (Cross Mill bridge road to Franklin)
Merrimack River, Merrimack County, 5 miles away
      Class I - 18 miles long (Franklin to Penacook)
Blackwater River, Merrimack County, 11 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.5 miles long (Route 127 to Snyder's Mill)
Pemigewasset River, Grafton/ Belknap County, 13 miles away
      Class II(III) - 1.6 miles long (Ayers Island dam to Coolidge)
Newfound River River, Grafton County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 1.5 miles long (Newfound lake to Bristol)
Smith River, Merrimack / Grafton County, 17 miles away
      Class IV - 1.75 miles long (Route 104 to Bristol)
Suncook River, Merrimack County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II+(III) - 6 miles long (Pittsfield to North Chichester)
Beebe River, Grafton County, 20 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5 miles long (Sandwich Notch to Campton Hollow)
Mad River, Grafton County, 21 miles away
      Class III - 1 miles long (Gorge)
 Ski Areas Near Winnipesaukee River:
Gunstock, New Hampshire , 15 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Ragged Mountain, New Hampshire , 18 miles away, 1250 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Tenney Mountain, New Hampshire , 20 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 48 runs
Pats Peak, New Hampshire , 21 miles away, 710 foot drop, 8 lifts, 21 runs
McIntyre, New Hampshire , 24 miles away, 300 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Abenaki, New Hampshire , 25 miles away, 100 foot drop, 2 lifts, 6 runs
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire , 26 miles away, 2020 foot drop, 11 lifts, 52 runs
Crotched Mountain, New Hampshire , 30 miles away, 875 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Loon Mountain, New Hampshire , 31 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 10 lifts, 45 runs
Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire , 35 miles away, 1510 foot drop, 10 lifts, 62 runs
 Marinas Near Winnipesaukee River:
Jay's Marina, Tilton , 5 miles away
Lakeport Landing, Laconia , 9 miles away
Thurston's Marina, Laconia , 12 miles away
Meredith Marina, Meredith , 12 miles away
Paugus Bay Marina, Meredith , 12 miles away
 Beaches Near Winnipesaukee River:
Endicott Park Beach, Belknap , 12 miles away
Gilford Beach, Belknap , 15 miles away
Center Harbor Town Beach, Belknap , 15 miles away
Moultonborough Town Beach, Carroll , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Winnipesaukee River:
Super 8 Tilton/Lake Winnipesaukee, Tilton , 1 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites TILTON - LAKES REGION, Tilton , 1 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Tilton, Tilton , 2 miles away
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Tilton, Tilton , 4 miles away
Travelodge Tilton/Lake Winnisquam, Tilton , 4 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Winnipesaukee River:
Silver Lake Park Campground, Belmont, 4 miles away
Thousand Aces Family Campground, Franklin, 5 miles away
Pine Grove Campground, Franklin, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Winnipesaukee River:
The Wall Trail, Grafton , 16 miles away
Prospect Trail, Grafton , 16 miles away
Ramsey Trail, Grafton , 17 miles away
Pasture Trail, Grafton , 17 miles away
Rattlesnake Trail, Carroll , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Winnipesaukee River:
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, Boston - MA , 66 miles away
Wellington State Beach, New Hampshire , 17 miles away
Rollins State Park, New Hampshire , 19 miles away
Bear Brook State Park, New Hampshire , 20 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Winnipesaukee River:
Mojalaki Golf Club, Franklin , 4 miles away
Den Brae Golf Course, Sanbornton , 5 miles away
Canterbury Woods Country Club, Canterbury , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Winnipesaukee River
Lake Winnisquam, Belknap , 3 miles away
Webster Lake, Merrimack , 8 miles away
Pemingewasset Lake, Belknap , 9 miles away

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