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.

  • #1 Edward Macdowell Lake

    4 Reviews

    Dublin, NH

    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.
    •  Half a day, if you paddle the streams
    •  Guide

    This small, marshy lake presents a great opportunity for early morning or evening paddlers to see beaver at work. ducks, ...

  • #2 Willard Pond

    1 Reviews

    Antrim, NH

    Protected by the Audubon Society, the spectacular setting of this small, clear-water pond makes this an enticing destination. Look for loons here.
    •  2 hours
    •  Guide

    Protected by the Audubon Society, the spectacular setting of this small, clear-water pond makes this an enticing destination. ...

  • #3 Suncook River

    2 Reviews

    Barnstead, NH

    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 ...
    •  4 hours
    •  Guide

    Squam Lake, one of New Hampshire’s real treasures, remains one of our favorite lakes for an extended visit. This large, highly ...

  • #4 Long Pond

    2 Reviews

    Lincoln, NH

    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 ...
    •  1 hour 30 minutes
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Long Pond personifies quietwater paddling: it is remote, filled with wildlife, completely undeveloped, and surrounded by ...

  • #5 Wicwas Lake

    3 Reviews

    Meredith, NH

    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 ...
    •  5 hours
    •  Guide

    This popular fishing spot in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region provides calmer water than nearby larger lakes. Expect to see loon, ...

  • #6 Mcdaniels Marsh

    1 Reviews

    Springfield, NH

    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.
    •  Half a day
    •  Guide

    Mcdaniels Marsh is a shallow, pristine marsh filled with aquatic plants and marshland birds and animals. expect to see waterfowl ...

  • #7 Contoocook River

    2 Reviews

    Jaffrey, NH

    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 ...
    •  3.5 hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    An easy half-day paddle through the New Hampshire countryside. The Contoocook is one of New Hampshire's high-volume rivers, ...

  • #8 Spoonwood Pond and Nubanusit Lake

    2 Reviews

    Nelson, NH

    Expect to see bald eagles on Spoonwood Pond, and in June, look for mountain laurel in bloom around both bodies of water.
    •  3 hours on Spoonwood
    •  Guide

    Expect to see bald eagles on Spoonwood Pond, and in June, look for mountain laurel in bloom around both bodies of water.

  • #9 Stumpfield Marsh, Hopkinton Lake, and Everett Lake

    1 Reviews

    Hopkinton, NH

    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 ...
    •  All day
    •  Guide

    Huge trees drape out over the water of this meandering, slow-moving stream. Neither we nor the several other canoes and kayaks ...

  • #10 Upper Kimball Pond

    1 Reviews

    North Conway, NH

    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 ...
    •  2 hours
    •  3.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Upper Kimball Pond is a small pond on the Maine-New Hampshire border south of Evans Notch. With a few unobtrusive camps, ...

  • #11 Ballard Pond

    2 Reviews

    Derry, NH

    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.
    •  2 hours
    •  Guide

    At this small, marshy pond with a working sawmill you will find aquatic vegetation covering the pond’s surface. you will ...

  • #12 Grafton Pond

    1 Reviews

    Enfield Center, NH

    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 ...
    •  3 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    A half-day paddle among pine-covered islands and wildlife-filled coves. Grafton Pond is one of those gems where you can spend ...

  • #13 Garland Pond

    2 Reviews

    Moultonborough, NH

    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 ...
    •  2 hours
    •  Guide

    Set among scenic hillsides, garland Pond offers protected waters to paddle. Look for water marigold among the many aquatic ...

  • #14 Conway Lake

    0 Reviews

    Conway, NH

    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 ...
    •  4 hours
    •  7.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Conway Lake is a big lake by White Mountain standards, and provides miles of pine-covered shoreline filled with nooks and ...

  • #15 Exeter River

    1 Reviews

    Exeter, NH

    Tall trees of many species form a canopy over this meandering waterway. ducks nest in the adjacent marshes, and you may see beaver here.
    •  Half a day or more
    •  Guide

    Tall trees of many species form a canopy over this meandering waterway. ducks nest in the adjacent marshes, and you may see ...

  • #16 Hubbard Pond

    3 Reviews

    Rindge, NH

    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.
    •  3 hours
    •  Guide

    This shallow marshy pond sees few paddlers and offers a good opportunity to see beaver and otter. Also look for osprey and ...

  • #17 Umbagog Lake

    1 Reviews

    Errol, NH

    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 ...
    •  Day trip, camping available
    •  Guide

    With the tremendous variety of wildlife and the number of ducks nesting here, it is not surprising that Umbagog Lake has ...

  • #18 Third Connecticut Lake

    1 Reviews

    Pittsburg, NH

    The smallest of the connecticut Lakes included in this book, this deep lake sits up against the canadian border in the northern boreal forest.
    •  3 hours
    •  Guide

    The smallest of the connecticut Lakes included in this book, this deep lake sits up against the canadian border in the northern ...

  • #19 Upper Kimball Pond

    1 Reviews

    Chatham, NH

    This small, marshy, isolated pond sees little traffic. Look here for moose and beaver. It’s also a great spot for marshland birds.
    •  2 hours
    •  Guide

    This small, marshy, isolated pond sees little traffic. Look here for moose and beaver. It’s also a great spot for marshland ...

  • #20 Hubbard Pond

    1 Reviews

    Jaffrey, NH

    An interesting paddle among bogs, beavers, birds, and good views of Mount Monadnock. Hubbard Pond is the least developed of the numerous ponds and lakes in the area around the southern New Hampshire ...
    •  2 hours
    •  3.5 miles
    •  Guide

    An interesting paddle among bogs, beavers, birds, and good views of Mount Monadnock. Hubbard Pond is the least developed ...