Boston Kayaker

Kayaking on Ashuelot River - from Surry NH to Keene NH


Rating: One-and-a-Half Stars - This route is perfect for families and novices as this stretch of the Ashuelot River is flowing gently and mostly less than waist-deep. On the first half-plus of the route, you will be paddling with the golf course on both sides and will see the occassional golf-ball fisher. I counted four pedestrian (fake) covered bridges on the Ashuelot River allowing golfers to criss-cross the river. Farther down past the golf course, the banks are tree-lined and most of the river shaded (does not help produce brightly-lit photos). Total paddle time was 1 hour 50 minutes.

  Put in at East Surry Road
  in Surry NH.
Take out at Ashuelot Street
  in Keene NH.
Estimated distance
  = 7 miles
400 feet portage from
  take out to parking.
  Pedestrian Covered
  Bridges
Surry Mountain
  Lake Dam
Colony Faulkner
  Dam
Ashuelot River
  Park

Disclaimer: It is your responsibility to determine the legality, suitability and safety of this route for yourself.

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Kayaking on Ashuelot River - from Surry NH to Keene NH

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Ashuelot River Local Advisory Committee: Atlas of the Ashuelot River
Ashuelot River Local Advisory Committee: Atlas of the Ashuelot River (cached copy)


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On East Surry Road in Surry NH just below the bridge over the Ashuelot River.
Trip date is August 2014.


The Boston Kayaker on the banks of Ashuelot River on East Surry Road in Surry NH.


I had my son position on the bridge to take pictures.


The Boston Kayaker just launched on Ashuelot River.














A golfer on my left.


Clear waters. Pebbly bottom.





Some quick water.


Golfers and golf carts.














The first of four pedestrian covered bridges on the golf course.


























Second covered bridge.











Passing on the left of the tree.


Third covered bridge.








Golf ball fisher.


Fourth covered bridge.














Will pass under this tree . . .


The tree is about chest-level and I have to slide forward in my kayak until my face is just a few inches under the tree.























A couple on a canoe on Ashuelot River.











Clear and pebbly bottom.


The old arch bridge that was replaced by the Court Street bridge.





Passing under the arch bridge.
Court Street bridge in front.








Under the Court Street bridge.


















































A turtle sunning on the Ashuelot River.


The Route 9 / Route 10 bridge coming up.





Passing under the Route 9 / Route 10 bridge.
In front of me is the Appel Way Trail foot bridge.


Appel Way Trail foot bridge.























There is my landing spot on the left.





The Boston Kayaker's son.
Total paddle time was 1 hour 50 minutes.


The Colony Faulkner Dam just below the take out at Ashuelot River Park.





Footbridge over the Ashuelot River just before the dam.





The Colony Faulkner Dam viewed from below.


"Art in the Park". Free band performance.