Merrimack River Watershed Council

Souhegan Watershed Association

 

2017 Canoe & Kayak Trips

www.souheganriver.org

www.merrimack.org

 



 

About our trips ... PLEASE READ

All trip leaders are volunteers and not trained in assisting special needs. You are responsible for your own safety and must be able to swim and be capable of self-rescue.

 

What you should bring ...

·         Your own canoe or kayak and paddles

·         Life preserver/personal flotation device (PFD)

·         Lunch

·         Footwear that can get wet

·         Dry clothes and a towel

 

What you should know …

·       Know how to swim.

·      You are responsible for your own safety. You will have to sign a waiver.

·       Beginners should take trips labeled EASY.

·          We discourage taking small children unless you are an experienced boater.

·          Please leave your pets in the safety of their own home.

·          Dress appropriately for the water temperature, not the air temperature. April and May trips involve cold water; paddlers on all April trips must dress for cold water conditions and have dry clothes available.

·          Go to put-in first to drop off boat; trip leaders will coordinate shuttling cars to take-out.

·          We paddle at a leisurely pace with a lunch break around noon.

·          Most trips end by 3:00 pm.

·          We usually paddle rain or shine, but it would be wise to check with the trip leader the night before the trip in case of cancellation.

 

How our trips are rated ...

 

The following descriptions may help you decide on the trips that you attend. Please note that all descriptions "include" but are not "limited to" the conditions noted below. Contact the trip leader for more specific details on each trip.

 

Trips marked "EASY" - Flat water, quick moving water with riffles and small waves. Few obstructions, all obvious and easily missed with little training.

 

Trips marked "MODERATE" - Straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels, occasional maneuvering may be required; rocks and medium sized waves are easily missed by trained paddlers.

 

Trips marked "DIFFICULT" - Rapids with moderate, irregular waves which may be difficult to avoid and which could swamp a boat. Complex maneuvers in fast current and good boat control are often required. Scouting is advisable. We don’t do DIFFICULT trips. Contact Merrimack Valley Paddlers for paddling with them.

 

 

New Hampshire Personal Flotation Device (PFD) Law: One wearable PFD must be present for each person in the boat. A PFD must be worn by everyone age 12 or under.

Massachusetts (PFD) Law: A PFD must be worn by each person under age 12, and by all persons between September 15 and May 15.

 

 

 

April 29, Saturday: Nissitissit River, Brookline, NH

Enjoy a leisurely paddle through marshlands and woods on a meandering river.  If the level is perfect you'll notice a little current on occasion.

Meet at 9:00 am behind the Sunoco Station on the east side of Rte 13.  There is a dirt road north of the station.

Trip Leaders: Gwen and Doug Whitbeck (603) 878-9046, Buddy Dougherty (603) 672-9790.       

Cosponsored by Brookline Conservation and Nissitissit Land Trust

               

May 6, Saturday: Shawsheen River, Billerica, MA

Trash Patrol, REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call or email trip leader, Denise Hurt, for details and directions to put-in. (603) 889-4812 before 9:00 pm or email to hurt28@charter.net   NOTE:  Special meeting time of 10:00 am

See “Trash Patrol” notes at end.

 

May 14, Mothers’ Day/Sunday, Souhegan River, Milford, NH

Enjoy paddling a section that includes meandering quickwater while passing through forested areas and farmland.

Meet at 9:30 am at Kaley Park in Milford. From Nashua take 101A toward Milford. Entrance to Kaley Park is just to the east of the Milford Medical Center, continue on dirt road toward river.

Trip leader: George May (603) 883-3409, email: georgemay@comcast.net

 

June 3, Saturday:  Nashua River, Nashua, NH

Trash Patrol, REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call or email trip leader, Denise Hurt, for details and directions to put-in. (603) 889-4812 before 9:00 pm or email to hurt28@charter.net

See “Trash Patrol” notes at end.

 

June 17, Saturday:  Contoocook River, Henniker, NH (Easy)

Meet at 9:30 am at the River Rd. put-in.  Please call for directions. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Trip Leader: Denise Hurt, (603) 889-4812, or email hurt28@charter.net

 

June 24, Saturday:  Winnipesaukee River, Tilton, NH (Easy to Moderate)

This popular paddle is always enjoyed by everyone.  It offers not only flatwater but a couple of Class   I-II sections thought to be excellent training for beginners.

Meet at 10:00 am, Rte 93 to exit 20, Tilton, take right to go behind McDonalds parking lot.

Trip Leaders: Nancy Gero and John Jenkins (603) 303-3638  

 

June 25, Sunday:  Concord River, Concord, MA. (Easy)

From history to wildlife – join us for an easy paddle which passes under the Old North Bridge, (part of the Minute Man National Historical Park), then proceeds through the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

Meet at 9:30 am in Concord, MA, at Lowell Road bridge. From Rte 3 take Rte 62 to Concord Commons. Lowell Rd is on west side of Colonial Inn at north end of Commons.

Trip Leader: Julie Smith (603) 891-0267, email: cantdog@comcast.net.

 

July 1,  Saturday:  Merrimack River, Tyngsboro, MA

Trash Patrol, REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call or email trip leader, Denise Hurt, for details and directions to put-in. (603) 889-4812 before 9:00 pm or email: hurt28@charter.net

See “Trash Patrol” notes at end.

 

July 2,  Sunday:  Merrimack River, Manchester, NH (Moderate)

This moderate trip can offer a challenge but one worth taking. Starting in the urban historical factory section of Manchester, class II rapids will be encountered before entering a more remote section which passes a lock that has survived from the Old Middlesex Canal System.

Meet 9:00 am in Manchester, NH. Rte 293 to exit 6 (Amoskeag Bridge). Before crossing river, turn right into Amoskeag Fishway parking lot.

Trip leader: George May (603) 883-3409, email: georgemay@comcast.net

               Cosponsored by Lower Merrimack River Local Advisory Committee

 

July 15, Saturday:  Merrimack River, Franklin, NH (Easy)

If you've never paddled the northern part of the Merrimack you'll be pleasantly surprised to see the differences.  A much smaller sandy bottom river flows past fields, farms, and woodlands.

Meet at 9:30 pm in Franklin, Rte 93N to exit 20. West on Rtes 2/111 to Franklin High School parking lot.

Trip Leader: John Nevin nevinjohnm@gmail.com,(603) 672-8876

 

Aug. 5, Saturday:  Merrimack River, No. Chelmsford, MA

Trash Patrol,  REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call or email trip leader, Denise Hurt, for details and directions to put-in.  (603) 889-4812 before 9:00 pm or email: hurt28@charter.net

See “Trash Patrol” notes at end.

 

Aug. 13, Sunday:  Souhegan River, Merrimack, NH 

Seaverns Bridge to Seaverns Bridge (Easy)

A shallow flatwater stretch of the Souhegan with enough water for paddling all summer long. We will paddle upriver and downriver and return to the parking area.

Meet at 9:30am. Directions: From 101A heading west in Merrimack take a right onto Boston Post Road just past Home Depot. The road splits and splits again – take the right side, Seaverns Bridge Rd, for a couple of miles to the bridge.

Trip leader: George May (603) 883-3409, email: georgemay@comcast.net

 

 

Aug. 26, Saturday: Ipswich River,  Topsfield, MA. (Easy)

A leisurely 6 mile paddle on a winding river through protected lands. Bird watching is a favorite pastime on this section of the river.

Meet at 9:30 am in Topsfield, MA. Rte 1 to Rte 97 South/East. Go ½ mile to bridge.

Trip Leader: Paul Husted  (978) 649-9618, email: phusted46@comcast.net.

             Cosponsored by the Ipswich River Watershed Association

 

Sept. 2, Saturday: Nashua River, Nashua, NH.

Trash Patrol,  REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call or email trip leader, Denise Hurt, for details and directions to put-in.  (603) 889-4812 before 9:00 pm or email: hurt28@charter.net

See “Trash Patrol” notes at end.

 

Sept. 16, Saturday: Merrimack River, Lawrence, MA. (Easy to Moderate)

This trip begins and ends in urban areas, but the views from the river during much of the remainder of the trip are similar to those of the wilderness of northern New England.

Meet at 9:00 am in Lawrence, Ma.  From the Lowell area, take 495N to exit 42B ramp for Rte 114 W toward Lawrence.  Bear right onto Rte 114/Winthrop Ave/Salem Tpke, bear left onto Joseph W Casey, turn left onto North Canal Street.

Trip Leader: Ted Krzesowski, (603) 329-8168.

 

Sept. 23, Saturday: Winnipesaukee River, Tilton, NH (Easy to Moderate)

This popular paddle is always enjoyed by everyone.  It offers not only flatwater but a couple of Class   I-II sections thought to be excellent training for beginners.

Meet at 10:00 am, Rte 93 to exit 20, Tilton, take right to go behind McDonalds parking lot.

Trip Leaders: Nancy Gero and John Jenkins (603) 303-3638  

 

Sept. 30, Saturday:  Assabet River, W. Concord, MA. (Easy)

This small, friendly river offers quickwater as well as flatwater. The trip includes the Concord National Historical Park and a portion of the Great Meadows wildlife refuge.

Meet at 9:30 am in W. Concord. Take Rte 62 into Concord, turn South onto Pine Street, continue down hill and park at river. Note: From Rte 2, go West on Rte 62 about ¾ mile and turn left onto Pine St., (sign can be difficult to see), park at river.

Trip Leader: Bob Jeffers (978) 663-3664, email: rsfun22008@yahoo.com.

 

Oct. 7, Saturday:  Nashua Canal, Nashua, NH

Trash Patrol, REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call or email trip leader, Denise Hurt, for details and directions to put-in. (603) 889-4812 before 9:00 pm or email: hurt28@charter.net

See “Trash Patrol” notes at end.

 

Oct 14, Saturday: Contoocook River, Peterborough, NH (Easy)

A beautiful fall foliage paddle past woods, meadows, to an old covered bridge for lunch. Trip may continue into scenic Powder Mill Pond if conditions are good.

Meet at 9:00 am at the junction of Rte 202 North and Scott Mitchell Road (on the right), about half a mile north of EMS and Conval High School.

Trip Leader: Tom Quarles (603) 673-7515  

    

TRASH PATROL NOTES:

Meet time for all trips is 9:30 am unless otherwise specified. Heavy rain cancels.

The NH AMC Paddlers have been hosting these Trash Patrols since 2013. You bring your boat, paddles, and pfds – canoe or kayak). They supply all necessary equipment for collecting trash from local rivers. It is always a great day on the water when you can leave the river better than you found it.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call or email trip leader, Denise Hurt, for details and directions to put-in. (603) 889-4812 before 9:00 pm or email: hurt28@charter.net