Trip report

Merrimack River Kayak Trip

Kayaking/Canoeing DATE: 08/27/2016 - 08/27/2016

Trip/Event Location: Concord, NH
US

Trip Leader(s): Gandalf , JDNnh

Max # People: 15

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Ten mile kayak trip downstream on the Merrimack for those looking to spend a day on the water this summer!

Are you looking for a relaxed activity? Then join us for a leisurely paddle along a

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Trip Report/Photos
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We used Quickwater to rent the kayaks and shuttle us up the Merrimack River. Joe and Chris had their own kayaks so all they needed was a shuttle up the river. Luciano and Craig were unable to get the 11AM shuttle together so they booked the 10AM shuttle and waited for us at the starting point. We had 8 overall making this an official gay flotilla!

Quickwater provided us a shuttle 10 miles upstream on the Merrimack River and we arrived at the starting point around 11:30am. Our plan was to paddle downstream back to their property by 4pm. 

Soon after starting, there was an island. We were informed to take a left since the water level on the right side was low. There were some shallow sections but we never once had to get out of our boats to drag our boats over the rocks.

On the river itself we were surprised as to how many birds we saw: cormorants, white egrets and even eagles accompanied us throughout the day! We did not see very many people so it felt like we were paddling in a remote wilderness. There were a few rope swings at the start but there were groups of people using them so we continued paddling.

We pulled onto a big boulder to have a swim and lunch. Even Thelma & Louise has been here! The water temperature was perfect! We were having such fun we lost track of time. This was a 3-4 hour paddle so we had get moving to make it back by the 4pm deadline.

For the most part, we found ourselves paddling together encountering other groups of kayakers and tubers now and then.  We reached the halfway point around 1:30 and pulled onto a sandy beach for a swim. Across the river was the Boscawen Old Home Day festival so we heard music in the background.  

There was a beautiful and tall river embankment that we paddled by. By this point, some of the guys wished we had done the much shorter 5 mile trip but everyone dug in deep and continued paddling. We then saw the bridge crossing the river and everyone breathed a sigh of relief. We were almost done! We pulled into a sand bar for the final swim of the day. The water was so shallow that just to get to wait deep water we had to walk about 150 yards! We arrived back at the Quickwater property just in time for the 4pm deadline.

What a great trip and what a great bunch of fun guys. Everyone was so supportive. Can't wait to do it again. Fun, fun, fun!!!

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What Members Are Saying About This Trip/Event

  • John and Mike were great trip leaders. Caring; careful; flexible. I was getting tired at the half-point; asked and given permission to go ahead while the others swam; ended with the group and felt even better than before. Highly recommend these trip leaders. - nakedswimmer

Members That Participated

Gandalf

Outdoor Fitness Level: Very Strenuous


Thornton, NH


United States

Attended
JDNnh

Outdoor Fitness Level: Very Strenuous


Thornton, NH


United States

Attended
nakedswimmer

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


Florence, MA


United States

Attended
Scorpione

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


Boston / Cape Ann, MA


United States

Attended
ugojoema

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


Waterboro, ME


United States

Attended
nakedswimmer Aug 28, 2016 at 8:42 PM

Comment: John and Mike were great trip leaders. Caring; careful; flexible. I was getting tired at the half-point; asked and given permission to go ahead while the others swam; ended with the group and felt even better than before. Highly recommend these trip leaders.

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