Contoocook River Peterborough to Bennington

  • Ready for the first paddle of the season

    Ready for the first paddle of the season

  • A tight squeeze under the RR bridge

    A tight squeeze under the RR bridge

  • Bald Eagle Nest in White Pines

    Bald Eagle Nest in White Pines

A self-supported trip created by fssnowshoe

Trip Overview

Early April paddle of the Contoocook River. Due to blowdowns on the section just below the access point in North Village in Peterborough we elected to put in a bit north of that point where the Contoocook meets Scott Mitchel Road and US 202 in Peterborough. The flow when we launched was 199 cfs at the gauge upstream in Peterborough (#01082000). The site is undeveloped but the footing was firm. We paddled 6.7 miles downstream and took out at the hand launch at US 202 on the NW shore of Powder Mill Pond. We had a WNW breeze of around 10 mph with a few gusts to 15. Sunny and clear with temps topping out in the low 80's when we took out at 1130. The contrast between dressing for immersion and the air temperatures left us dehydrated and toasty despite efforts to hydrate and stay cool. A pleasant paddle with the river portion being quite undeveloped except at the crossing of Cavender Road where there are a few houses.

Safety Notes

High contrast between water temps and air temps. A few minor trainers on the river portion but nothing that required special care or attention to avoid.

Gear Notes

2 Necky Manitou 14'


Quick water/flatwater

Trip Details

  • Trip Dates: 4/13/2023
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water, River/Creek (Up to Class II)

Trip Location