Blackwater River Route 127 to Snyder's Mill

Webster, New Hampshire

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The Blackwater is a small, little-known stream that offers a short, racy run between slalom gates made of summer homes. The river is dam controlled, so it is possible to know exactly how much water to expect on any one weekend. Looking at the gradient figures, one would suspect the Blackwater cannot offer much whitewater, and in places it doesn’t. There is the flatwater, and there are the rapids, and the two are quite distinct. In the upper half of the trip, the rapids are well defined and short. In the lower half, the rapids are narrow, technical, fast, and tend to blend together, forming several continuous thrillers. The Blackwater is not far from Concord, New Hampshire, and can serve as a follow-up run to the Contoocook.
Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide

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Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide

by Bruce Lessels (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

The Blackwater is a small, little-known stream that offers a short, racy run between slalom gates made of summer homes. The river is dam controlled, so it is possible to know exactly how much water to expect on any one weekend. Looking at the gradient figures, one would suspect the Blackwater cannot offer much whitewater, and in places it doesn’t.

There is the flatwater, and there are the rapids, and the two are quite distinct. In the upper half of the trip, the rapids are well defined and short. In the lower half, the rapids are narrow, technical, fast, and tend to blend together, forming several continuous thrillers. The Blackwater is not far from Concord, New Hampshire, and can serve as a follow-up run to the Contoocook.

©  Bruce Lessels/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Webster
Distance: 2.5
Class: Class I-IV
Local Contacts: Gauge location and water level information is provided in the eTrail if available.
Topo Map: Blackwater River: Route 127 to Snyder's Mill Topographic Map
Guide Book: Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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