New Hampshire

River County Reach Length (miles) Description Potential Classification ORVs Watershed (HUC Code 8) Year Listed/ Updated Other State
Ammonoosuc River Coos Maplewood Dam near route 302 to Bretton Woods 15 Hydrologic-(One of the largest rivers in this section.) Geologic-(Segment includes highly diverse and steep channel, with resultant falls and impassible rapids.) Recreation-(A regionally significant whitewater canoeing river, with gradients of Class II thorugh Class IV. River is noted for some of the finest whitewater canoeing in New England.) Wild-(Corridor and surrounding watershed are virtually undeveloped and includes regionally significant Zealand Notch and Zealand Falls.) Geologic, Recreational, Other Waits 1982/ 1993
Ammonoosuc River Coos From confluence with Jefferson Brook to Bretton Woods 4 Fish-River is a regionally popular and significant trout stream. Geologic-Segment includes a unique natural geologic feature, Upper Ammonoosuc Falls. Scenic Fish, Geologic, Scenic Waits 1982/ 1995
Androscoggin River Coos Errol to Pontook Reservoir. 15 Recreation-(Significant segments of whitewater runs which are unique in that they are available during all seasons.) Hydrologic-(Largely undeveloped high order river.) Recreational, Other Upper Androscoggin 1982
Androscoggin River Coos Pontook Reservoir to above Berlin. 12 Fish-(River is an historic Atlantic Salmon fishery.) Hydrologic-(One of two remaining sparsely developed free-flowing segments of a unique high order river.) Fish, Other Upper Androscoggin 1982
Androscoggin River Coos Umbagog Lake downstream to above Errol. 3 Botanic-(Segment flows from Umbagog Lake, known as the finest wildlife area in New Hampshire and includes Floating Island, an open tamarack-black spruce bog. Area contains many northern bog plants and is a breeding habitat for the Lincoln sparrow.) Fish-(River is an historic Atlantic Salmon fishery.) Fish, Other Upper Androscoggin 1982
Ashuelot River Cheshire and Sullivan From Butterfield Pond in Washington down stream to confluence with the Connecticut River in Hinsdale. 65 Recreational-Segment contains 4 miles of continuous Class II-III rapids between Gilsum Gorge and Surry, and an area of Class V rapids south of Winchester. Geologic-Gilsum Gorge, a significant natural feature, contains numerous waterfalls and potholes. Wildlife-One of only three rivers in NH to support the federally-endangered dwarf wedge mussel. Historic-Gilsum Stone Arch Bridge and Sawyer's Crossing Covered Bridge are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Fish-(Stream is a regionally significant trout stream supporting native species.) Cultural-(Segment includes a unique stone arch bridge.) Scenic Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Wildlife Middle Connecticut 1982/ 1995
Baker River Grafton Headwaters to Plymouth. 37 Geologic-(Segment includes unique glacially formed Polar caves.) Historic-(Segment includes significant Colonial trade route connecting seacoast with northern Connecticut River Valley. Site of the first road built in the State in 1767.) Recreation-(River is a regionally significant canoe trail joining in the Pemigewasset River.) Fish-(River is a significant Atlantic Salmon fishery under restoration.) Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational Pemigewasset 1982
Baker River, South Branch Grafton Confluence with Baker River to 5 miles upstream 5 Geologic-(Segment includes unique glacially formed Polar caves.) Historic-(Segment includes significant Colonial trade route connecting seacoast with northern Connecticut River Valley. Site of the first road built in the State in 1767.) Recreation-(River is a regionally significant canoe trail joining in the Pemigewasset River.) Fish-(River is a significant Atlantic Salmon fishery under restoration.) Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational Pemigewasset 1982
Bearcamp River Carroll Headwaters southwest of Mount Israel to Ossipee Lake. 27 Hydrologic-(Unique system of relatively undeveloped river segments hydrologically related to Ossipee Lake.) Geologic-(Segments include intervalls, a regionally unique geographic feature.) Geologic-(Area includes significant portions of 1 of 7 regionally unique composite landscapes. These areas, where four or more different major landscape patterns- landform, land use, vegetation, water- come together in juxtaposition, are the most diverse places in the Northeast.) Fish, Geologic, Other Saco 1982/ 1993
Beech Hill Brook Rockingham From headwaters to confluence with Fresh River 1 Fish-Ongoing anadromous fish restoration program for Atlantic Salmon and Shad. Historic-Significant archaeological sites including two listed in the National Register. Ecological Integrity-Largely undeveloped river corridor. Segment contains significant floodplain communities. Fish Piscataqua-Salmon Falls 1982
Blackwater River Merrimack Andover to west of Salisbury. 9 Scenic-(Significant and diverse juxtaposed combination of water, land, cultural and vegetative elements. Segment includes quickwater, a covered bridge, mill remnants, slackwater and river-related wetlands.) Scenic Contoocook 1982
Blackwater River Merrimack Dam at Blackwater Reservoir to confluence with the Contoocook River. 10 Fish-(River is an historic Atlantic Salmon fishery.) Historic-(Segment includes two covered bridges which are being nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.) Recreation-(Significant diversity of flow gradients ranging from slackwater to rapids of Class IV gradients.) Fish, Historic, Recreational Contoocook 1982
Cocheco River Strafford Farmington to Rochester (Spaulding Turnpike Bridge). 9 Fish-(River is an Atlantic Salmon fishery and is undergoing restoration to its anadromous fish runs of shad, brown trout, alewives and blueback herring.) Fish Piscataqua-Salmon Falls 1982
Cocheco River Strafford Rochester to Dover 18 Fish-(Sement is an historic Atlantic Salmon fishery and is undergoing restorations to its anandromous fish runs of shad, brown trout, alewives and blueback herring.) Fish Piscataqua-Salmon Falls 1982
Cold River Cheshire, Sullivan Headwaters to confluence with the Connecticut River 24 Fish-(River is a significant Atlantic Salmon fishery under restoration.) Scenic-(Significant and diverse juxtaposition of land, land uses, water and geologic elements.) Cultural-(Segment includes one covered bridge and one National Historic Register site at Acworth.) Cultural, Fish West 1982
Cold River Carroll From headwaters to confluence with Bearcamp River 10 Hydrologic-(Unique system of relatively undeveloped river segments hydrologically related to Ossipee Lake.) Geologic-(Segments include intervalls, a regionally unique geographic feature.) Geologic-(Area includes significant portions of 1 of 7 regionally unique composite landscapes. These areas, where four or more different major landscape patterns- landform, land use, vegetation, water- come together in juxtaposition, are the most diverse places in the Northeast.) Fish, Geologic, Other West 1982/ 1993
Connecticut River Coos, Essex Beecher Falls to North Strafford 27 Segment has been designated into the New Hampshire River Management and Protection Program (RSA 483). Scenic, Recreational and Fishery resources were also identified as outstanding in a statewide study by the New England River Center in 1983. Hydrologic- (A unique sparsely developed high order river.) Scenic-(Segment passes by and provides excellent views of Monadnock Mountain, a regionally unique example of an open low mountain. Possess one of the highest ranges of views in the entire northeast.) Fish, Recreational, Scenic, Other Upper Connecticut 1982/ 1995 VT
Connecticut River Grafton, Orange South Newbury, VT to confluence with the Omponmanoosuc River 28 Scenic and recreational resources were found to be outstanding in statewide study by New England River Center in 1983. Segment has been designated into the New Hampshire River Management and Protection Program (RSA483). Hydrologic-(One of the last remaining sparsely developed, free-flowing segments of a high order river in the section.) Recreational, Scenic, Other Upper Connecticut 1982/ 1995 VT
Connecticut River Cheshire, Windham From to Rte 123 bridge at Walpole to one mile above Rte 9 bridge 19 Segment has been designated into the New Hampshire River Management and Protection Program (RSA 483). Scenic, recreational and fishery resources were also identified as outstanding in a statewide study by the New England River Center in 1983. Fish, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Other Upper Connecticut 1982/ 1995 VT
Contoocook River Cheshire, Hillsborough From Poole Pond in Rindge to Bennington. 25 Recreational-Class II rapids between Jaffrey and Peterborough offer ideal training for beginning whitewater boaters. Fish-Segment is included in the Atlantic Salmon restoration program. Scenic Fish, Recreational, Scenic Contoocook 1982/ 1995
Contoocook River Merrimack Bennington to West Hopkinton Dam 30 Recreation-(Segment includes some of the most significant white water canoeing in all of New England. Difficulty ranges up to Class IV with large rocks and obstructions adding to the river's turbulance. Segment includes noted areas such as S-turn (Class 3-4) and Freight Train Rapids (Class 4-5) ). Recreational Contoocook 1982
Contoocook River Merrimack Contoocook to Pennacook 12 Fish-(River is an historic Atlantic Salmon fishery.) Historic-(Segment includes two covered bridges which are being nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.) Recreation-(Significant diversity of flow gradients ranging from slackwater to rapids of Class IV gradients.) Fish, Historic, Recreational Contoocook 1982
Contoocook River, North Branch Hillsborough, Cheshire Rye Pond in Stoddard to confluence with Contoocook River in Hillsborough (excluding Robb Reservoir) 17 Recreational-Segment contains an expert whitewater section rated as Class V. Historic-A historically significant arch bridge is located in the segment. Botanic-Three exemplary natural ecological communities are supported by the river including an Atlantic White Cedar Swamp, a Southern New England Level Bog and a Southern New England Acidic Seepage Swamp. Scenic Historic, Recreational, Other Contoocook 1982/ 1995
Dead Diamond River Coos Headwaters to confluence with Magalloway River 19 Fishery and wildlife resources were found to be outstanding in a statewide study by the New England River Center in 1983. Scenic-(One of the highest ranges and diversities of views within the section and the northeast.) Geologic-(A significant gorge between Diamond Peaks and Mt. Dustan.) Recreation-(A unique diversity of flow gradients.) Fish, Geologic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper Androscoggin 1982/ 1995
Dry River Coos Headwaters to confluence with Saco River 10 Geologic-(Segment includes a 10 mile scenic gorge, Crawford Notch, and site of Crawford Notch State Park, formed during the passage of Plestocene ice through a narrow pass.) Recreation-(One of the most popular and significant whitewater runs in central New England. Segment includes a significant section of Class IV gradient.) Fish-(River is an historic Atlantic Salmon fishery.) Recreation-(A regionally significant whitewater stream possessing Class IV and V rapids, and easy access. River has been rated one of the five best whitewater rivers in New England.) Botanic-(Segment flows through Big Pines, a National Natural Landmark.) Scenic-(Significant and diverse juxtaposition of landforms, water, and vegetation elements, including a unique rock gorge.) Geologic-(Segment includes a regionally unique 65 foot Glen Ellis Falls.) Fish, Geologic, Recreational, Scenic, Other Saco 1982/ 1993
Ellis River Carroll Headwaters to confluence with Saco River 16 Geologic-(Segment includes a 10 mile scenic gorge, Crawford Notch, and site of Crawford Notch State Park, formed during the passage of Plestocene ice through a narrow pass.) Recreation-(One of the most popular and significant whitewater runs in central New England. Segment includes a significant section of Class IV gradient.) Fish-(River is an historic Atlantic Salmon fishery.) Recreation-(A regionally significant whitewater stream possessing Class IV and V rapids, and easy access. River has been rated one of the five best whitewater rivers in New England.) Botanic-(Segment flows through Big Pines, a National Natural Landmark.) Scenic-(Significant and diverse juxtaposition of landforms, water, and vegetation elements, including a unique rock gorge.) Geologic-(Segment includes a regionally unique 65 foot Glen Ellis Falls.) Fish, Geologic, Recreational, Scenic, Other Saco 1982/ 1993
Exeter River Rockingham Headwaters to town of Exeter 41 Segment contains a nationally listed historic district (see Exeter River Report to General Court, NHDES 1995). Fish-(River is listed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a significant anadromous fish spawning river and is currently undergoing restoration.) Fish Piscataqua-Salmon Falls 1982
Franconia Branch Grafton Headwaters to confluence with the East Branch of Pemigewasset River 8 Wild-(Undeveloped character of the corridor and surrounding watersheds combined with ruggedness of the topography make this area inaccessible.) Geologic-(Excellent example of a completely undeveloped, open low mountain, low order river.) Scenic-(Unique high range and variety of views.) Geologic, Recreational, Scenic, Other Pemigewasset 1982/ 1993
Fresh River Rockingham Headwaters to confluence with the Piscassic River 3 Fish-Ongoing anadromous fish restoration program for Atlantic Salmon and Shad. Historic-Significant archaeological sites including two listed in the National Register. Ecological Integrity-Largely undeveloped river corridor. Segment contains significant floodplain communities. Fish Piscataqua-Salmon Falls 1982
Gale River Coos From headwaters to confluence with Ammonoosuc River 28 Recreational-One of the more undeveloped and scenic river segments in the White Mountains. Contains several miles of Class III-IV rapids. Cultural-Relatively undeveloped watershed in the White Mountain National Forest enables the river to serve as a water supply for the Town of Littleton. Scenic Cultural, Recreational Waits 1982/ 1995
Great Brook and Great Meadows Rockingham Headwaters to confluence of Exeter River 6 Fish-(River is listed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a significant anadromous fish spawning river and is currently undergoing restoration.) Fish Piscataqua-Salmon Falls 1982
Hampton Falls River Rockingham Headwaters to confluence with Hampton River 7 Historic-(Segment is adjacent to the landing site of the Old Bay Colonists, who were among the earliest settlers of this region, arriving in 1600.) Fish-(River is noted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for its anadromous fish runs and is presently undergoing habitat restoration.) Fish, Historic, Recreational Piscataqua-Salmon Falls 1982
Hampton River Rockingham From headwaters at confluence at Hampton Falls River to Hampton Beach 2 Historic-(Segment is adjacent to the landing site of the Old Bay Colonists, who were among the earliest settlers of this region, arriving in 1600.) Fish-(River is noted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for its anadromous fish runs and is presently undergoing habitat restoration.) Fish, Historic, Recreational Piscataqua-Salmon Falls 1982
Hancock Branch Grafton Headwaters to confluence with East Branch of Pemigewasset River 4 Reintroduction of Atlantic Salmon. Good trout fishing opportunities. Proximity to ski area. Dense forests, views of mountain peaks, and boulder strewn shorelines and river bed. Wild-(Undeveloped character of the corridor and surrounding watersheds combined with ruggedness of the topography make this area inaccessible.) Geologic-(Excellent example of a completely undeveloped, open low mountain, low order river.) Scenic-(Unique high range and variety of views.) Recreational/Scenic Fish, Geologic, Recreational, Scenic, Other Pemigewasset 1982/ 1993
Indian Stream Coos From headwaters to confluence with Connecticut River 18 Scenic-Noted for its unspoiled natural character flowing almost entirely through undeveloped timberland. Fish-Prized trout stream and cold water fishery. Hydrologic-Northernmost runnable river in New Hampshire. Wild Fish, Scenic, Wildlife, Other Upper Connecticut 1982/ 1995
Isinglass River Strafford From headwaters at Bow Lake to confluence with the Cocheco River 17 Fish-(Sement is an historic Atlantic Salmon fishery and is undergoing restorations to its anandromous fish runs of shad, brown trout, alewives and blueback herring.) Fish Piscataqua-Salmon Falls 1982
Israel River Coos From headwaters to confluence with Connecticut River 23 Fish-(River is an historic Atlantic Salmon fishery.) Fish, Other Upper Connecticut 1982/ 1993
Lamprey River Rockingham From Headwaters in Northwood to the Bunker Pond Dam in the town of Epping (beginning of WSR segment.) 23 Hydrologic-Largest tributary to the Great Bay National Estuarine Reserve. Segment is largely undeveloped. Recreational Other Piscataqua-Salmon Falls 1995
Lovell River Carroll Headwaters to confluence with Ossipee Lake 11 Hydrologic-(Unique system of relatively undeveloped river segments hydrologically related to Ossipee Lake.) Geologic-(Segments include intervalls, a regionally unique geographic feature.) Geologic-(Area includes significant portions of 1 of 7 regionally unique composite landscapes. These areas, where four or more different major landscape patterns- landform, land use, vegetation, water- come together in juxtaposition, are the most diverse places in the Northeast.) Fish Saco 1982
Magalloway River Coos Below Aziscohos Dam to Umbagog Lake 18 Scenic-(One of the highest ranges and diversities of views within the section and the northeast.) Geologic-(A significant gorge between Diamond Peaks and Mt. Dustan.) Recreation-(A unique diversity of flow gradients.) Segment supports nesting osprey. Geologic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper Androscoggin 1982/ 1995 ME
Merrimack River Merrimack Franklin to Concord Center 25 National Park Service Wild and Scenic River Study was completed in 1993. Segment length increased from eight miles to twenty-six miles as a result of Sewall Falls Dam being breached and restoring free flowing water conditions. The NPS study also found that the previously listed five mile segment from the confluence with Suncook River to the confluence with Soucook River was no longer eligible for listing due to flooding by the Hooksett Dam. Hydrologic-(One of two remaining sparsely developed, free-flowing segments of a unique high order stream.) Recreation-(Unique proximity to regionally significant population concentrations in Concord and Manchester.) Geologic-(Area is part of Lake Winnipesaukee composite landscape area which includes significant portions of 1 of 7 regionally unique composite landscapes. These areas, where four or more different major landscape patterns- landform, land use, vegetation, water-- come together in juxtaposition, are the most diverse places in the northeast.) Fish-(River is a significant Atlantic Salmon fishery under restoration.) Cultural-(River is historically reported to be the most noted waterpower stream in the world, during the 19th century industrial era.) Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Recreational, Other Merrimack River 1982/ 1995
Merrimack River Hillsborough From Amoskeag Dam in Manchester to confluence with Pennichuck Brook in Merrimack 16 Recreational-Segment contains Class II-III whitewater that is passable at most water levels including a racecourse in Manchester. Fish-River is a significant Atlantic Salmon fishery under restoration. Wildlife-This segment of river corridor provides winter habitat for the federally-listed bald eagle. Historic-Lock at Cromwells Falls is the best remaining example of the historic Merrimack River Navigation System of locks and canals. Recreational Fish, Historic, Recreational, Wildlife Merrimack River 1995
Merrimack River Merrimack Confluence with Soucook River to confluence with Suncook River 3 Fish-(River is a significant Atlantic Salmon fishery under restoration.) Cultural, Fish, Recreational, Other Merrimack River 1982
Nash Stream Coos From headwaters to confluence with Upper Ammonoosuc River 15 Scenic resources were found to be outstanding in a statewide study by the New England River Center in 1983. Wild-(Corridor and surrounding watersheds are virtually undeveloped and remote.) Hydrologic- (An excellent example of an undeveloped, free-flowing, low order river.) Scenic, Other Upper Connecticut 1982/ 1995
Nashua River Hillsborough, Worcester East Pepperill to above Hollis Depot 6 Geologic-(River exhibits unique phenomenon of reversed mainstream flow due to geological uplift and glacial activity.) Geologic Nashua 1982 MA
Norcross Brook Grafton Headwaters to confluence with East Branch Pemigewasset River 3 Wild-(Undeveloped character of the corridor and surrounding watersheds combined with the ruggedness of the topogrphy make this area inaccessible.) Recreation-(River is the largest in the area and is noted for its continuous rapids which range up to Class IV.) Geologic-(Excellent example of a completely undeveloped, open low mountain, low order river.) Scenic-(Unique high range and variety of views.) Geologic, Recreational, Scenic, Other Pemigewasset 1982/ 1993
North River Strafford From North River Pond confluence with the Lamprey River 16 Scenic resources were found to be outstanding in a statewide study by the New England River Resources Center in 1983. Fish-Ongoing anadromous fish restoration program for Atlantic Salmon and Shad. Historic-Significant archaeological sites including two listed in the National Register. Ecological Integrity-Largely undeveloped river corridor. Segment contains significant floodplain communities. Fish, Scenic Piscataqua-Salmon Falls 1982
Ossipee River Carroll From Ossipee Lake to New Hampshire/ Maine state line 9 Hydrologic-(Unique system of relatively undeveloped river segments hydrologically related to Ossipee Lake.) Geologic-(Segments include intervalls, a regionally unique geographic feature.) Geologic-(Area includes significant portions of 1 of 7 regionally unique composite landscapes. These areas, where four or more different major landscape patterns- landform, land use, vegetation, water- come together in juxtaposition, are the most diverse places in the Northeast.) Geologic, Fish, Other Saco 1982
Peabody River Coos Headwaters to confluence with Androscoggin River 13 Hydrologic-(A representative low order river in a high mountain area. Headwaters flow through Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the northeast.) Other Lower Androscoggin 1982/ 1993
Peabody River, West Branch Coos Headwaters to confluence with Peabody River 6 Wild-(Corridor and surrounding watersheds are virtually undeveloped and remote.) Other Lower Androscoggin 1982/ 1993
Pemigewasset River Belknap and Grafton From Profile Lake downstream to New Hampton 45 Scenic-Segment includes Franconia Notch State Park and the State's most well-known landmark, the Old Man of the Mountains. Livermore Falls, located in Campton, is one of the more spectacular waterfalls in the region. Recreational-Segment contains significant flatwater and quickwater boating opportunities form Class I-III. Geologic-Campronite, a type of rock of unique and unusual chemical composition, was first found near Livermore Falls. Fish-River is part of an ongoing Atlantic Salmon restoration program. Scenic Fish, Geologic, Recreational, Scenic Pemigewasset 1982/ 1995
Pemigewasset River, East Branch Grafton Junction with Norcross Brook to Hancock Picnic/Campground Area 11 Important anadromous and trout fishery. Reintroducing Atlantic salmon. Dense undisturbed forests and mountain slopes are varied by small tag alder semi open bottoms. Wild-(Undeveloped character of the corridor and surrounding watersheds combined with the ruggedness of the topogrphy make this area inaccessible.) Recreation-(River is the largest in the area and is noted for its continuous rapids which range up to Class IV.) Geologic-(Excellent example of a completely undeveloped, open low mountain, low order river.) Scenic-(Unique high range and variety of views.) Recreational, Scenic Pemigewasset 1982/ 1993
Pemigewasset River, East Branch Grafton Hancock picnic area to Boyle Brook 2 Wild-(Undeveloped character of the corridor and surrounding watersheds combined with ruggedness of the topography make this area inaccessible.) Geologic-(Excellent example of a completely undeveloped, open low mountain, low order river.) Scenic-(Unique high range and variety of views.) Geologic, Scenic, Other Pemigewasset 1983
Pemigewasset River, North Fork East Branch Grafton Headwaters to confluence with East Fork of Pemigewasset River 8 Bordered by dense undisturbed forests and mountain slopes. Important anadromous and trout fishery. Atlantic salmon are being reintroduced. Scenic/Wild Recreational, Scenic Pemigewasset 1982/ 1993
Perry Stream Coos Headwaters to confluence with Lake Francis 20 Wild-(Corridor and surrounding watershed are virtually undeveloped and remote.) Hydrologic-(An excellent example of an undeveloped, free-flowing low order river.) Other Upper Connecticut 1982
Phillips Brook Coos Headwaters to confluence with Upper Ammonoosuc River 20 Wild-(Corridor and surrounding watershed are virtually undeveloped and remote.) Hydrologic-(An excellent example of an undeveloped, free-flowing low order river.) Other Upper Connecticut 1982
Pine River Carroll Pine River Pond Road to confluence with Ossipee Lake 19 Recreational resources were found to be outstanding in a statewide study by the New England Rivers Center in 1983. Botanic-(Segment is adjacent to Ossipee Lake and Heath Pond Bog which are distinctive for their natural sand and moist peaty soil plant communities, and is being preserved as an example of natural beach habitat. Heath Pond Bog is also a National Natural Landmark. It is a classic example of bog succession and contains the greatest variety of plant species of any peat bog in the state.) Geologic-(Segment includes a mile long esker which is a glacially deposited stratification of gravels, sands and stones.) Fish-(Segment is a noted trout breeding habitat.) Fish, Geologic, Recreational, Other Saco 1982/ 1995
Piscassic River Rockingham Headwaters to confluence with the Lamprey River 15 Hydrologic-Largest tributary to the Great Bay National Estuarine Reserve. Segment is largely undeveloped. Fish Piscataqua-Salmon Falls 1982
Piscataquog River Hillsborough From the outlet of Deering Lake in Deering (omitting Lake Horace and Everett Flood Control Area) to the confluence with Merrimack River in Manchester 32 Recreation-Segment contains an 8-mile stretch of Class II rapids that is often used by beginning whitewater boaters as a training ground. Fish-River is considered to be one of the two most important salmon nursery tributaries in southern NH. Botanic-Segment supports a significant and unusually large ironwood (Carpinus carolinana) community. Scenic Fish, Recreational, Other Merrimack River 1995
Piscataquog River, Middle Branch Hillsborough From headwaters at Dennison Pond to confluence with South Branch Piscataquog River at Lang Station State Forest 10 Recreation-Segment contains an 8-mile stretch of Class II rapids that is often used by beginning whitewater boaters as a training ground. Fish-River is considered to be one of the two most important salmon nursery tributaries in southern NH. Botanic-Segment supports a significant and unusually large ironwood (Carpinus carolinana) community. Scenic Fish, Recreational, Other Merrimack River 1995
Piscataquog River, South Branch Hillsborough From Pleasant Pond in Francestown to confluence with Piscataquog River 20 Recreation-Segment contains an 8-mile stretch of Class II rapids that is often used by beginning whitewater boaters as a training ground. Fish-River is considered to be one of the two most important salmon nursery tributaries in southern NH. Botanic-Segment supports a significant and unusually large ironwood (Carpinus carolinana) community. Scenic Fish, Recreational, Other Merrimack River 1995
Saco River Carroll, Coos From headwaters to New Hampshire/Maine State line 44 Geologic-(Segment includes a 10 mile scenic gorge, Crawford Notch, and site of Crawford Notch State Park, formed during the passage of Plestocene ice through a narrow pass.) Recreation- (One of the most popular and significant whitewater runs in central New England. Segment includes a significant section of Class IV gradient.) Fish-(River is an historic Atlantic Salmon fishery.) Recreation- (A regionally significant whitewater stream possessing Class IV and V rapids, and easy access. River has been rated one of the five best whitewater rivers in New England.) Botanic- (Segment flows through Big Pines, a National Natural Landmark.) Scenic- (Significant and diverse juxtaposition of landforms, water, and vegetation elements, including a unique rock gorge.) Geologic-(Segment includes a regionally unique 65 foot Glen Ellis Falls.) Geologic Saco 1982/ 1993
Saco River, East Branch Carroll Headwaters to confluence with Saco River 13 Geologic-(Segment includes a 10 mile scenic gorge, Crawford Notch, and site of Crawford Notch State Park, formed during the passage of Plestocene ice through a narrow pass.) Recreation- (One of the most popular and significant whitewater runs in central New England. Segment includes a significant section of Class IV gradient.) Fish-(River is an historic Atlantic Salmon fishery.) Recreation- (A regionally significant whitewater stream possessing Class IV and V rapids, and easy access. River has been rated one of the five best whitewater rivers in New England.) Botanic- (Segment flows through Big Pines, a National Natural Landmark.) Scenic- (Significant and diverse juxtaposition of landforms, water, and vegetation elements, including a unique rock gorge.) Geologic-(Segment includes a regionally unique 65 foot Glen Ellis Falls.) Fish, Geologic, Recreational, Scenic, Other Saco 1982/ 1993
Saco River, Rocky Branch Carroll Headwaters to confluence with Saco River 13 Geologic-(Segment includes a 10 mile scenic gorge, Crawford Notch, and site of Crawford Notch State Park, formed during the passage of Plestocene ice through a narrow pass.) Recreation- (One of the most popular and significant whitewater runs in central New England. Segment includes a significant section of Class IV gradient.) Fish-(River is an historic Atlantic Salmon fishery.) Recreation- (A regionally significant whitewater stream possessing Class IV and V rapids, and easy access. River has been rated one of the five best whitewater rivers in New England.) Botanic- (Segment flows through Big Pines, a National Natural Landmark.) Scenic- (Significant and diverse juxtaposition of landforms, water, and vegetation elements, including a unique rock gorge.) Geologic-(Segment includes a regionally unique 65 foot Glen Ellis Falls.) Fish, Geologic, Recreational, Scenic, Other Saco 1982/ 1993
Sawyer River Grafton From headwaters to confluence with Saco River 9 Geologic-(Segment includes a 10 mile scenic gorge, Crawford Notch, and site of Crawford Notch State Park, formed during the passage of Plestocene ice through a narrow pass.) Recreation- (One of the most popular and significant whitewater runs in central New England. Segment includes a significant section of Class IV gradient.) Fish-(River is an historic Atlantic Salmon fishery.) Recreation- (A regionally significant whitewater stream possessing Class IV and V rapids, and easy access. River has been rated one of the five best whitewater rivers in New England.) Botanic- (Segment flows through Big Pines, a National Natural Landmark.) Scenic- (Significant and diverse juxtaposition of landforms, water, and vegetation elements, including a unique rock gorge.) Geologic-(Segment includes a regionally unique 65 foot Glen Ellis Falls.) Fish, Geologic, Recreational, Scenic, Other Saco 1982/ 1993
Soucook River Merrimack From headwaters at Pearls Corner to confluence with Merrimack River 25 Recreational resources were found to be outstanding in a statewide study by the New England River Center in 1983. Fish-(River is an historic Atlantic Salmon fishery.) Fish, Recreational Merrimack River 1982/ 1995
Souhegan River Hillsborough From Greenville to Wilton 9 Recreation-Segment contains a 6-mile stretch of Class II-III rapids which are significant because of their consistent difficulty. Scenic Recreational, Scenic Merrimack River 1995
Souhegan River Hillsborough From Milford to Wildcat Falls near Rte 3 13 Fish-(River is an Atlantic Salmon fishery restoration.) Fish Merrimack River 1982
Sugar River Sullivan From North Newport to two miles east of Claremont 8 Historic-(Segment includes two covered railroad bridges, one of which is a National Historic Register site.) Historic Black-Ottauquechee 1982
Suncook River Merrimack From dam in Pittsfield to route 3 bridge above the Town of Suncook 21 Recreation-(A diversity of whitewater, including rapids of Class II through Class IV gradient.) Recreational Merrimack River 1982
Swift Diamond River Coos From headwaters to confluence with Dead River 20 Fishery resources were found to be outstanding in a statewide study by the New England River Center in 1983. Recreation- (A unique diversity of flow gradients on a seasonal basis.) Hydrologic- (An undeveloped outstanding example of a free-flowing low order river.) Scenic- (A regionally unique diversity of views of open low mountains.) Wild- (Within an extremely undeveloped watershed the topography of which makes the area inaccessible.) Fish, Recreational, Scenic, Other Upper Androscoggin 1982/ 1995
Swift River Carroll, Grafton From headwaters to confluence with Saco River 26 Fishery resources were found to be outstanding in a statewide study by the New England River Center in 1983. Recreation- (A unique diversity of flow gradients on a seasonal basis.) Hydrologic- (An undeveloped outstanding example of a free-flowing low order river.) Scenic- (A regionally unique diversity of views of open low mountains.) Wild- (Within an extremely undeveloped watershed the topography of which makes the area inaccessible.) Fish, Geologic, Recreational, Scenic, Other Saco 1982/ 1993
Swift River Carroll From headwaters to confluence with Bearcamp River 7 Hydrologic-(Unique system of relatively undeveloped river segments hydrologically related to Ossipee Lake.) Geologic-(Segments include intervalls, a regionally unique geographic feature.) Geologic-(Area includes significant portions of 1 of 7 regionally unique composite landscapes. These areas, where four or more different major landscape patterns- landform, land use, vegetation, water- come together in juxtaposition, are the most diverse places in the Northeast.) Fish, Geologic, Other Saco 1982/ 1993
Taylor River Rockingham From headwaters to confluence with the Hampton River 12 Historic-(Segment is adjacent to the landing site of the Old Bay Colonists, who were among the earliest settlers of this region, arriving in 1600.) Fish-(River is noted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for its anadromous fish runs and is presently undergoing habitat restoration.) Fish, Historic, Recreational Piscataqua-Salmon Falls 1982
Warner River Merrimack From Bradford to confluence with the Contoocook River 19 Fish-(River is an historic Atlantic Salmon fishery.) Historic-(Segment includes two covered bridges which are being nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.) Recreation-(Significant diversity of flow gradients ranging from slackwater to rapids of Class IV gradients.) Fish, Historic, Recreational Contoocook 1982
Whiteface River Carroll, Grafton From headwaters to confluence with Cold River 7 Hydrologic-(Unique system of relatively undeveloped river segments hydrologically related to Ossipee Lake.) Geologic-(Segments include intervalls, a regionally unique geographic feature.) Geologic-(Area includes significant portions of 1 of 7 regionally unique composite landscapes. These areas, where four or more different major landscape patterns- landform, land use, vegetation, water- come together in juxtaposition, are the most diverse places in the Northeast.) Fish, Geologic, Other Saco 1982/ 1993
Wild Ammonoosuc River Grafton From Beaver Pond at headwaters to Confluence with Ammonoosuc River 15 Fish-(River is an Atlantic Salmon fishery restoration.) Scenic-(Segment includes a culturally significant covered bridge and waterfall in the Town of Stillwater.) Fish, Scenic Waits 1982/ 1993
Wonalancet River Grafton, Carroll From headwaters to confluence with Swift River 8 Hydrologic-(Unique system of relatively undeveloped river segments hydrologically related to Ossipee Lake.) Geologic-(Segments include intervalls, a regionally unique geographic feature.) Geologic-(Area includes significant portions of 1 of 7 regionally unique composite landscapes. These areas, where four or more different major landscape patterns- landform, land use, vegetation, water- come together in juxtaposition, are the most diverse places in the Northeast.) Fish, Geologic, Other Saco 1982/ 1993
Zealand River Coos, Grafton From headwaters to confluence with Ammonoosuc River 8 Hydrologic- (One of the largest rivers in this section.) Geologic-(Segment includes highly diverse and steep channel, with resultant falls and impassible rapids.) Recreation- (A regionally significant whitewater canoeing river, with gradients of Class II thorugh Class IV. River is noted for some of the finest whitewater canoeing in New England.) Wild-(Corridor and surrounding watershed are virtually undeveloped and includes regionally significant Zealand Notch and Zealand Falls.) Geologic, Recreational, Other Waits 1982/ 1993

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