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Canoe and Kayak Outings

 2017 Paddling Adventures

This spring and summer, enjoy the Merrimack River and
its tributaries with MRWC and friends—
on a kayak or canoe outing

What To Bring and What You Need To Know guides.

For further information about any listed trip or to register, contact us at info@merrimack.org or call our office, (978) 655-4742


Saturday, May 6, 2017 — Trash Patrol:  Shawsheen River, Billerica, MA (10 AM) (with Denise Hurt and the New Hampshire AMC Paddlers; co-sponsored by the Souhegan River Watershed Association) (*)

Sunday, May 14, 2017 [Mothers’ Day]:  Souhegan River, Milford, NH (9:30 AM).  Enjoy paddling a section that includes meandering quickwater while passing through forested areas and farmland.  Meet at Kaley Park in Milford.  (From Nashua take 101A toward Milford. Entrance to Kaley Park is just to the east of the Milford Medical Center, continue on dirt road toward river.)   Trip leader: George May (603) 883-3409, email: georgemay@comcast.net (sponsor: Souhegan River Watershed Association; co-sponsor: Merrimack River Watershed Council)

Saturday, June 3, 2017 — Trash Patrol:  Nashua River, Nashua, NH (9:30 AM) (with Denise Hurt and the New Hampshire AMC Paddlers; co-sponsored by the Souhegan River Watershed Association) (*)

Saturday, June 17, 2017:  Contoocook River, Henniker, NH (Easy) (9:30 AM).  Meet at the River Road put-in.  Please call for directions.  REGISTRATION REQUIRED.   Trip Leader: Denise Hurt, (603) 889-4812 (sponsor: Souhegan River Watershed Association; co-sponsor: Merrimack River Watershed Council).

Saturday, June 24, 2017:  Winnipesaukee River, Tilton, NH (Easy to Moderate) (10 AM).  This popular paddle is a big favorite.  It offers both flatwater and a couple of Class I-II sections thought to be excellent training for beginners.  Meeting place:  take Route 93 to exit 20 in Tilton, take a right to the rear of the McDonalds parking lot.  Trip Leaders: Nancy Gero and John Jenkins (603) 303-3638 (sponsor: Souhegan River Watershed Association; co-sponsor: Merrimack River Watershed Council).

Sunday, June 25, 2017:  Concord River, Concord, MA (Easy) (9:30 AM).  From history to wildlife – join us for an easy paddle that passes under the Old North Bridge (part of Minuteman National Historical Park), then proceeds through the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.  Meet at Lowell Road bridge.  Directions: from Route 3, take Route 62 to Concord Commons.  Lowell Road is on west side of the Colonial Inn at the north end of the Commons.  Trip Leader: Julie Smith (603) 891-0267, email: cantdog@comcast.net (sponsor: Souhegan River Watershed Association; co-sponsor: Merrimack River Watershed Council).

Saturday, July 1, 2017 — Trash Patrol:  Merrimack River, Tyngsboro, MA (9:30 AM) (with Denise Hurt and the New Hampshire AMC Paddlers; co-sponsored by the Souhegan River Watershed Association) (*)

Sunday, July 2, 2017: Merrimack River, Manchester, NH (Moderate) (9 AM).  This moderate trip offers a challenge, but one well worth taking. Starting in the historical factory section of downtown Manchester, you will encounter class II rapids before entering a more remote section that passes a lock surviving from the Old Middlesex Canal system.  Meet in Manchester, NH.  Directions: Route 293 to exit 6 (Amoskeag Bridge).  Before crossing the river, turn right into the Amoskeag Fishway parking lot.  Trip leader: George May (603) 883-3409, email: georgemay@comcast.net  (sponsor: Souhegan River Watershed Association; co-sponsors: Merrimack River Watershed Council and the Lower Merrimack River Local Advisory Committee (LMRLAC)).

Saturday, July 15, 2017:  Merrimack River, Franklin, NH (Easy) (9:30 AM).  If you’ve never paddled the northern part of the Merrimack, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to experience the riverscape here, where a far narrower river, supported by a sandy bottom, flows past fields, farms, and woodlands.  Meet in Franklin.  Directions:  Route 93N to exit 20, west on Routes 2/111 to the Franklin High School parking lot.  Trip Leader: John Nevin (603) 672-3658 (sponsor: Souhegan River Watershed Association; co-sponsor: Merrimack River Watershed Council).

Saturday, August 5, 2017 — Trash Patrol:  Merrimack River, North Chelmsford, MA (9:30 AM) (with Denise Hurt and the New Hampshire AMC Paddlers; co-sponsored by the Souhegan River Watershed Association) (*)

Sunday, August 13, 2017: Souhegan River, Merrimack, NH (Easy) (9:30 AM).  Seaverns Bridge to Seaverns Bridge — a shallow flatwater stretch of the Souhegan with enough water for paddling all summer long.  We will paddle upriver and downriver and return to the parking area.  Directions: From Route 101A in Merrimack heading west, take a right onto the Boston Post Road just past Home Depot.  The road splits and splits again – take the right side, Seaverns Bridge Road, for a couple of miles to the bridge.  Trip leader: George May (603) 883-3409, email: georgemay@comcast.net (sponsor: Souhegan River Watershed Association; co-sponsor: Merrimack River Watershed Council).

Saturday, August 26, 2017:  Ipswich River, Topsfield, MA (Easy) (9:30 AM).  A leisurely 6-mile paddle on a winding river through protected lands. Bird watching is a favorite pastime on this section of the river.  Meet in Topsfield, MA.  Directions: Route 1 to Route 97 south/east.  Go one-half mile to bridge.  Trip Leader: Paul Husted  (978) 649-9618, email: phusted46@comcast.net  (sponsor: Souhegan River Watershed Association; co-sponsor: Ipswich River Watershed Association and Merrimack River Watershed Council).

Saturday, September 2, 2017 — Trash Patrol:  Merrimack River, Nashua, NH (9:30 AM) (NB: this may be changed to the Nashua River, Nashua; we will keep you posted) (with Denise Hurt and the New Hampshire AMC Paddlers; co-sponsored by the Souhegan River Watershed Association) (*)

Saturday, September 16, 2017: Merrimack River, Lawrence, MA (Easy to Moderate) (9 AM).  This trip begins and ends in urban areas, but the views from the river during much of the remainder of the trip are similar to those of the wilderness of northern New England.  Meet in Lawrence, MA.  From the Lowell area, take Route 495 north to exit 42B, then take Route 114 west to Lawrence.  Bear right onto Route 114/Winthrop Avenue/Salem Turnpike, then go over the  Joseph W. Casey Bridge, immediately turning left onto North Canal Street.  Trip Leader: Ted Krzesowski (603) 329-8168 (sponsor: Souhegan River Watershed Association; co-sponsor: Merrimack River Watershed Council).

Saturday, September 23, 2017: Winnipesaukee River, Tilton, NH (Easy to Moderate) (10 AM).  This popular paddle is a big favorite.  It offers both flatwater and a couple of Class I-II sections thought to be excellent training for beginners.  Meeting place:  take Route 93 to exit 20 in Tilton, take a right to the rear of the McDonalds parking lot.  Trip Leaders: Nancy Gero and John Jenkins (603) 303-3638 (sponsor: Souhegan River Watershed Association; co-sponsor: Merrimack River Watershed Council).

Saturday, September 30, 2017:  Assabet River, West Concord, MA (Easy) (9:30 AM).  This small, friendly river offers quickwater as well as flatwater. The trip includes the Minuteman National Historical Park and a portion of the Great Meadows wildlife refuge.  Meet in West Concord.  Directions: from Route 2, go west on Route 62 into Concord and, after about 3/4 mile, turn left (south) onto Pine Street (sign can be difficult to see), continue downhill and park at river.  Trip Leader: Bob Jeffers (978) 663-3664, email: rsfun22008@yahoo.com (sponsor: Souhegan River Watershed Association; co-sponsor: Merrimack River Watershed Council).

Saturday, October 7, 2017 — Trash Patrol:  Nashua River, Nashua, NH (9:30 AM) (with Denise Hurt and the New Hampshire AMC Paddlers; co-sponsored by the Souhegan River Watershed Association) (*)

Saturday, October 14, 2017: Contoocook River, Peterborough, NH (Easy) (9 AM).  This is a beautiful fall foliage paddle that takes you past woods and meadows to an old covered bridge, where we stop for lunch.  If conditions are favorable, trip may continue into scenic Powder Mill Pond.  Meet at the junction of Route 202 north and Scott Mitchell Road (on the right), about half a mile north of EMS and Conval High School.  Trip Leader: Tom Quarles (603) 673-7515 (sponsor: Souhegan River Watershed Association; co-sponsor: Merrimack River Watershed Council).


(*)  Trash Patrols:

[Stay tuned for more precise put-in locations]

REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  Heavy rain cancels.  Meet time for all trips is 9:30 AM unless otherwise specified.  Heavy rain cancels.

Call or email trip leader, Denise Hurt, for details and directions to put-in, or Rusty Russell of the MRWC.

Contact info:
603-889-4812 before 9:00 PM, or hurt28@charter.net;  617-515-9522 before 11 PM, or rrussell@merrimack.org.

The New Hampshire Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Paddlers have hosted Trash Patrols since 2013.  You bring your boat (canoe or kayak), paddles, and personal flotation devices, and the NH AMC Paddlers will supply all necessary equipment for collecting trash from local rivers.  It is always a great day on the water when you can leave the river better than you found it!


Contact us at info@merrimack.org if you would like to be an MRWC trip leader