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.

  • #1 Lower Winnipesaukee River

    2 Reviews

    Tilton, NH

    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 ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A flatwater lake paddle followed by some easy Class II that is runnable throughout the summer. The lower section of the Winnipesaukee ...

  • #2 Pemigewasset River - Woodstock Whitewater

    1 Reviews

    Woodstock, NH

    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 ...
    •  2 hours 30 minutes
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    This section of the Pemigewasset River is a good choice for paddlers who have experience in Class II whitewater and want ...

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

    0 Reviews

    Bartlett, NH

    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 ...
    •  10.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This eTrail includes three sections of New Hampshire's Swift River: Bear Notch Road to Rocky Gorge, Rocky Gorge to Gorge, ...

  • #4 Saco River - North Conway to Conway

    0 Reviews

    North Conway, NH

    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 ...
    •  4 hours
    •  8.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The Saco River has something for everyone, from technical whitewater diehards to flatwater enthusiasts paddling with boats ...

  • #5 Pemigewasset River - Woodstock to Thornton

    1 Reviews

    Woodstock, NH

    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 ...
    •  5 hours
    •  12.3 miles
    •  Guide

    Paddling this section of the Pemigewasset River requires that paddlers be comfortable maneuvering a boat on fast-moving water, ...

  • #6 Lamprey River

    0 Reviews

    Epping, NH

    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 ...
    •  3 hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    A diverse paddle on the longest river on the New Hampshire seacoast. During the course of its 60 mile journey from Northwood ...

  • #7 Ashuelot River

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    Ashuelot, NH

    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 ...
    •  12.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This guide includes three sections of New Hampshire's Ashuelot River: Lower Stillwater to Gilsum Gorge, Gilsum Gorge to Shaws ...

  • #8 Ammonoosuc River - Littleton to Lisbon

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    Littleton, NH

    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 ...
    •  3 hours
    •  6.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This trip is less popular than the Saco, Pemigewasset, or Androscoggin River trips, probably due to the fact it is outside ...

  • #9 Androscoggin River: Errol Bridge to Pontook Rapid

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    Errol, NH

    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, ...
    •  20 miles
    •  Guide

    The Androscoggin is not a whitewater river in the classic sense, yet it does have one characteristic that makes it worthy ...

  • #10 Rapid River: Middle Dam to Cedar Stump

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    Errol, NH

    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 ...
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    It certainly can be—rapid, that is. Heavy turbulent water, huge holes, and a scattering of rocks for good measure characterize ...

  • #11 Gale River: Franconia to Ammonoosuc River

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    Franconia, NH

    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 ...
    •  7.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The Gale River is one of New Hampshire’s finest. It has everything that counts in a whitewater trip—in abundance. Isolation, ...

  • #12 Ammonoosuc River: River Bend to Route 116

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    Bretton Woods, NH

    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 ...
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    This guide includes two sections of New Hampshire's Ammonoosuc River: River Bend to Pierce Bridge and Pierce Bridge to Route ...

  • #13 Saco River: Crawford Notch to Bartlett

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    Bartlett, NH

    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 ...
    •  6.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The watershed valley of the upper Saco is one of the most impressive in all New England. Driving west on Route 302 near the ...

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

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    Webster, NH

    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 ...
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The Blackwater is a small, little-known stream that offers a short, racy run between slalom gates made of summer homes. The ...

  • #15 Cold River

    0 Reviews

    South Acworth, NH

    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, ...
    •  7.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This eTrail includes two sections of New Hampshire's Cold River: South Acworth to Vilas Pool and Alstead to Drewsville. The ...

  • #16 Pemigewasset River - Bristol Gorge: Ayers Island Dam to Coolidge Woods Road

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    Bristol, NH

    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 ...
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    Having gathered all the water flowing from the western White Mountains, the Pemigewasset is a very different river in Bristol ...

  • #17 Pemigewasset River - East Branch: Kancamagus Highway to Route 93

    0 Reviews

    Conway, NH

    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 ...
    •  5.9 miles
    •  Guide

    This eTrail includes two sections of New Hampshire's Pemigewasset River - East Branch: Kancamagus Highway to Loon Mountain ...

  • #18 Saco River — North Conway to Conway

    0 Reviews

    North Conway, NH

    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 ...
    •  4 hours
    •  8.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The Saco River has something for everyone, from technical whitewater diehards to flatwater enthusiasts paddling with boats ...

  • #19 Ammonoosuc River - Northern Forest Adventure

    0 Reviews

    Errol, NH

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

    The Androscoggin River from Errol to Milan is popular with whitewater boaters because it has runnable rapids all summer long ...

  • #20 South Branch of the Piscataquog River

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    New Boston, NH

    A technical Class II paddle through forests and historic New Boston. A regular on the New Hampshire AMC's early-spring trip list, the South Branch of the Piscataquog River is a fun paddle with ...
    •  3.5 hours
    •  6.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A technical Class II paddle through forests and historic New Boston. A regular on the New Hampshire AMC's early-spring trip ...