The RICKA flatwater trip on the Assabet got postponed, so I decided to join a NHAMC trip on the Pemi (Pemigewasset River) in Bristol - 5 canoes, 6 kayaks and 1 duckie. The river was at a nice level – 1,000cfs on the Plymouth gage.
We put in below the Ayers Island Dam (off Ayers Island Road). We took out below the park and play hole off Coolidge Woods Road. The river is about 1-1/2 miles long with a couple of nice play spots. The first major rapid is about 1/4 mile downstream. The easy route is on the far right. Paul’s line is right down the middle. Joe made it look easy.
I got spun around in the first drop and ended up sideways in the hole (as you can tell from my narration). I worked my way out eventually, and I ran the rest of the rapid backwards with a boat full of water. It wasn't pretty, but I made it through.
From here, the river is a series of small rapids. The last rapid sweeps gradually to the right as it passes through a couple of ledges along Coolidge Woods Road including the park and play ledge - a popular summer play spot.
Few pictures here:
River description from American Whitewater