Best Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing in New Hampshire

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

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#1. Lower Winnipesaukee River


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…
From the guidebook "Discover Southern New Hampshire"
Tilton, NH - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 4.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#2. Pemigewasset River - Woodstock Whitewater


This section of the Pemigewasset River is a good choice for paddlers who have experience in Class II whitewater and want to spend the day on a river, playing in eddies and searching out small waves to…
From the guidebook "Discover the White Mountains of New Hampshire"
Woodstock, NH - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 4 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#3. Swift River: Bear Notch Road to Kancamagus Highway


This eTrail includes three sections of New Hampshire's Swift River: Bear Notch Road to Rocky Gorge, Rocky Gorge to Gorge, and Gorge to Kancamagus Highway. If veteran boaters were to pick five of the b…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Bartlett, NH - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 10.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#4. Saco River - North Conway to Conway


The Saco River has something for everyone, from technical whitewater diehards to flatwater enthusiasts paddling with boats full of tents and coolers. This trip is somewhere in between—an easy day trip…
From the guidebook "Discover the White Mountains of New Hampshire"
North Conway, NH - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 8.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#5. Pemigewasset River - Woodstock to Thornton


Paddling this section of the Pemigewasset River requires that paddlers be comfortable maneuvering a boat on fast-moving water, but the rapids encountered on this trip are much easier than those on the…
From the guidebook "Discover the White Mountains of New Hampshire"
Woodstock, NH - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 12.3 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#6. Lamprey River


A diverse paddle on the longest river on the New Hampshire seacoast. During the course of its 60 mile journey from Northwood to Newmarket, the Lamprey changes from a small rocky stream to a large tida…
From the guidebook "Discover Southern New Hampshire"
Epping, NH - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 7 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#7. Ashuelot River


This guide includes three sections of New Hampshire's Ashuelot River: Lower Stillwater to Gilsum Gorge, Gilsum Gorge to Shaws Corner, and Ashuelot to Hinsdale. The Ashuelot has its origin in several…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Ashuelot, NH - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 12.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#8. Ammonoosuc River - Littleton to Lisbon


This trip is less popular than the Saco, Pemigewasset, or Androscoggin River trips, probably due to the fact it is outside the normal tourist areas in the White Mountains. The Ammonoosuc River also te…
From the guidebook "Discover the White Mountains of New Hampshire"
Littleton, NH - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 6.8 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#9. Androscoggin River: Errol Bridge to Pontook Rapid


The Androscoggin is not a whitewater river in the classic sense, yet it does have one characteristic that makes it worthy of description: it runs in the summer. When most other rivers are dry, the And…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Errol, NH - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 20 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#10. Gale River: Franconia to Ammonoosuc River


The Gale River is one of New Hampshire’s finest. It has everything that counts in a whitewater trip—in abundance. Isolation, natural beauty, distinctive rapids, and even a gorge all combine to make th…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Franconia, NH - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 7.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#11. Rapid River: Middle Dam to Cedar Stump


It certainly can be—rapid, that is. Heavy turbulent water, huge holes, and a scattering of rocks for good measure characterize this fine whitewater river. The Rapid really is special. It starts out…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Errol, NH - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 4.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#12. Ammonoosuc River: River Bend to Route 116


This guide includes two sections of New Hampshire's Ammonoosuc River: River Bend to Pierce Bridge and Pierce Bridge to Route 116. Born in the Lakes of the Clouds in the heart of the Presidential Ran…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Bretton Woods, NH - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 10 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#13. Saco River: Crawford Notch to Bartlett


The watershed valley of the upper Saco is one of the most impressive in all New England. Driving west on Route 302 near the river, the traveler is ringed on all sides by tall peaks, as if some mytholo…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Bartlett, NH - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 6.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#14. Blackwater River: Route 127 to Snyder's Mill


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…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Webster, NH - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 2.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#15. Cold River


This eTrail includes two sections of New Hampshire's Cold River: South Acworth to Vilas Pool and Alstead to Drewsville. The Cold is a small, snappy stream that offers nearly continuous current, pleasa…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
South Acworth, NH - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 7.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#16. Pemigewasset River - East Branch: Kancamagus Highway to Route 93


This eTrail includes two sections of New Hampshire's Pemigewasset River - East Branch: Kancamagus Highway to Loon Mountain and Loon Mountain to Route 93. The East Branch of the Pemi lies on the wester…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Conway, NH - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 5.9 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#17. Saco River — North Conway to Conway


The Saco River has something for everyone, from technical whitewater diehards to flatwater enthusiasts paddling with boats full of tents and coolers. This trip is somewhere in between—an easy day trip…
From the guidebook "Discover the White Mountains of New Hampshire"
North Conway, NH - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 8.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#18. Ammonoosuc River - Northern Forest Adventure


The Androscoggin River from Errol to Milan is popular with whitewater boaters because it has runnable rapids all summer long due to regular dam releases. This trip is short (many paddling groups run t…
From the guidebook "Discover the White Mountains of New Hampshire"
Errol, NH - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 2 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#19. Pemigewasset River - Bristol Gorge: Ayers Island Dam to Coolidge Woods Road


Having gathered all the water flowing from the western White Mountains, the Pemigewasset is a very different river in Bristol from the technical boulder garden of the East Branch a mere 20 miles upstr…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Bristol, NH - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 1 mile
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#20. Ellis River: Route 16 to Harvard Cabin


The Ellis River typifies the White Mountains. Starting near the slopes of Mount Washington, it cascades down the very heart of Pinkham Notch, contorting among rock formations and rapids to drop finall…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Jackson, NH - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 3 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books