Nissitissit River

Brookline, New Hampshire 3033

Nissitissit River

Nissitissit River Professional Review and Guide

"An early-spring paddle through scenic forests on a narrow quickwater river. The Nissitissit is a small river that begins at Potanipo Pond in Brookline and flows south to meet the Nashua River in Pepperell, Massachusetts. This trip explores about 6.5 of the river’s 10 miles.

Despite its diminutive size, the Nissitissit is a great river to paddle right after ice-out, when the rest of New Hampshire’s rivers are still choked with ice. March and possibly early April are usually the only times there is enough water in the Nissitissit for paddling, which means you are often paddling when there is still snow on the banks. There are no rapids on this trip, but the river does move along at a quick pace, and its twisting nature creates the potential for encountering surprise strainers. Other than strainers, only the cold water of winter should concern you, so stay in your boat and be dressed to survive an accidental swim."

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Skill Level
4 hours
Best in spring
USGS Townsend (MA), Pepperell (MA)
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Nov 2018