Location: Antrim, Bennington

The Contoocook, around 70 miles long, with its unusual drainage to the north is designated a protected river by state statute. Antrim has more frontage designated as 'wild' than any of the other 12 towns bordering or straddling the river.

After the dams in Bennington there is a nice paddle to Hillsboro where the fall is less than 10 feet. Paddling down this stretch is much longer than the linear 7+ miles as the bends in the river make this a 13 mile paddle( "strainers" - downed trees are possible).

 
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Activities: canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming, tubing

Use Policies: We are fortunate that Macs Tractor and Small Engine Repair (464-4054, 162 West Main Street, Hillsborough, NH 03244) has generously allowed us to use the area behind their location to put in or take out our canoes and kayaks.  Since this is private property they have asked us to check in with their office before using (if they are open).  Let’s all make sure we do not abuse this privilege being extended to us.

 

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