Best Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing in New Hampshire

This list represents the most popular flatwater kayaking & canoeing in New Hampshire. Use this list to plan your next New Hampshire flatwater kayaking & canoeing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Willard Pond


Protected by the Audubon Society, the spectacular setting of this small, clear-water pond makes this an enticing destination. Look for loons here.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Antrim, NH - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing BestFlatwater Kayaking & Canoeing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#2. Edward Macdowell Lake


This small, marshy lake presents a great opportunity for early morning or evening paddlers to see beaver at work. ducks, geese, and great blue heron also frequent the lake.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Dublin, NH - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing BestFlatwater Kayaking & Canoeing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#3. Suncook River


Squam Lake, one of New Hampshire’s real treasures, remains one of our favorite lakes for an extended visit. This large, highly varied lake boasts dozens of islands, deep coves, and marshy inlets to ex…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Barnstead, NH - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing BestFlatwater Kayaking & Canoeing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#4. Wicwas Lake


This popular fishing spot in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region provides calmer water than nearby larger lakes. Expect to see loon, waterfowl, great blue heron, deer, muskrat, and possibly beaver. White pi…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Meredith, NH - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#5. Mcdaniels Marsh


Mcdaniels Marsh is a shallow, pristine marsh filled with aquatic plants and marshland birds and animals. expect to see waterfowl and turtles, and you might see beaver, otter, and moose.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Springfield, NH - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#6. Long Pond


Long Pond personifies quietwater paddling: it is remote, filled with wildlife, completely undeveloped, and surrounded by mountains. Despite its relatively small size (124 acres), Long Pond has plenty…
From the guidebook "Discover the White Mountains of New Hampshire"
Lincoln, NH - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 2.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#7. Contoocook River


An easy half-day paddle through the New Hampshire countryside. The Contoocook is one of New Hampshire's high-volume rivers, beginning near the Massachusetts border in Jaffrey and flowing north to ente…
From the guidebook "Discover Southern New Hampshire"
Jaffrey, NH - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 7 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#8. Upper Kimball Pond


Upper Kimball Pond is a small pond on the Maine-New Hampshire border south of Evans Notch. With a few unobtrusive camps, the pond is a relatively quiet place to spend a few hours dipping your paddles…
From the guidebook "Discover the White Mountains of New Hampshire"
North Conway, NH - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 3.4 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#9. Spoonwood Pond and Nubanusit Lake


Expect to see bald eagles on Spoonwood Pond, and in June, look for mountain laurel in bloom around both bodies of water.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Nelson, NH - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#10. Stumpfield Marsh, Hopkinton Lake, and Everett Lake


Huge trees drape out over the water of this meandering, slow-moving stream. Neither we nor the several other canoes and kayaks that shared this water with us on a June Saturday could detect any curren…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Hopkinton, NH - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#11. Ballard Pond


At this small, marshy pond with a working sawmill you will find aquatic vegetation covering the pond’s surface. you will likely see canada geese, turtles, frogs, and other marsh species.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Derry, NH - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#12. Grafton Pond


A half-day paddle among pine-covered islands and wildlife-filled coves. Grafton Pond is one of those gems where you can spend as much time as you like exploring nooks and crannies or sunning yourself…
From the guidebook "Discover Southern New Hampshire"
Enfield Center, NH - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#13. Garland Pond


Set among scenic hillsides, garland Pond offers protected waters to paddle. Look for water marigold among the many aquatic plants. This is a good location for wood duck, great blue heron, and muskrat,…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Moultonborough, NH - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#14. Conway Lake


Conway Lake is a big lake by White Mountain standards, and provides miles of pine-covered shoreline filled with nooks and crannies that are fun to explore. This trip takes you to the southern half of…
From the guidebook "Discover the White Mountains of New Hampshire"
Conway, NH - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 7.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#15. Exeter River


Tall trees of many species form a canopy over this meandering waterway. ducks nest in the adjacent marshes, and you may see beaver here.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Exeter, NH - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#16. Hubbard Pond


This shallow marshy pond sees few paddlers and offers a good opportunity to see beaver and otter. Also look for osprey and painted snapping turtles.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Rindge, NH - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#17. Umbagog Lake


With the tremendous variety of wildlife and the number of ducks nesting here, it is not surprising that Umbagog Lake has become one of our newest national wildlife refuges. Umbagog Lake straddles the…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition"
Errol, NH - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#18. Third Connecticut Lake


The smallest of the connecticut Lakes included in this book, this deep lake sits up against the canadian border in the northern boreal forest.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Pittsburg, NH - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#19. Upper Kimball Pond


This small, marshy, isolated pond sees little traffic. Look here for moose and beaver. It’s also a great spot for marshland birds.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Chatham, NH - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#20. Lake Tarleton


Lake Tarleton is located on the far western edge of the White Mountain National Forest, only a few miles from the Vermont border. While the western shore is home to a few houses and a large summer cam…
From the guidebook "Discover the White Mountains of New Hampshire"
Warren, NH - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 3.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books