Lower Winnipesaukee River

Unspecified • 4.5 mi • 0 ft

A flatwater lake paddle followed by some easy Class II that is runnable throughout the summer. The lower section of the Winnipesaukee River in Tilton is a relatively easy Class II paddle. While this trip starts with 2.5 miles of flatwater paddling, the final 2.0 miles are notable because they can often be run in summer when most other Class II rivers in the state are out of runnable water. A series of dams above the river keep water flowing all year long, though it can still get pretty bony in an extremely dry year.
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Activity Type: Whitewater Paddling
Nearby City: Tilton
Length: 4.5 total miles
Elevation Loss: Minimal
Gradient: Unspecified
Skill Level: Class II
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Best in spring
Local Maps: USGS Northfield
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We did the Lower Winni with a group of Boy Scouts for Whitewater Merit Badge and the river was perfect. The water was high and the rapids were fun and a little technical though the bridges, which was exactly what we were looking for. The trip was fast--only 1 1/4 hrs to run from the put in at Silver Lake to the take out in Tilton Village, so next time we are going to run the whole thing, take out and go to the top of the rapids and run them again as a whole trip to make it a little bit longer. There is another put in at the 140 bridge as the river runs under it if you want to miss the lake or run the rapids twice. Great time and great fun. Watch the first railroad bridge--stay right though the bridge but then you have to paddle left to avoid some rocks on the other side. The second bridge keep in the middle, then bear right at the river split in the town park for the best water. When you go under the last double bridge in town keep left--the bridges are low so watch the water level. Have fun!


The Winni is a class 3-4 at high water and can be very tricky. Spring and Fall it can be a pretty wild ride. There are good play holes in the summer months and a trail to walk a good part of the lower half for spectators. Great river...take a friend :)

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