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Kayaking on Powder Mill Pond and Contoocook River - in Bennington NH


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  Put in at Route 202
  in Bennington NH.
Paddle south upstream to Contoocook
  River, around pond then return.
Estimated round trip
  distance = 6 to 7 miles
Bennington
  Dam outlet
  Alternate put in at Forest
  Road in Greenfield NH.
Optional: paddle north
  near dam and return.
Hancock Covered
  Bridge
 

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

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Kayaking on Powder Mill Pond and Contoocook River - in Bennington NH

Other resources:
NH Wildlife Journal
Paddling.net: Kayaking on Powder Mill Pond Trip Report
NH Fish and Game: Powder Mill Pond Topographic Map
NH Fish and Game: Powder Mill Pond Topographic Map (cached copy)
REI Guidepost: Powder Mill Pond


From NH Wildlife Magazine: Powder Mill Pond - Bennington
A dam on the Contoocook River in Bennington, New Hampshire, holds back the unspoiled Powder Mill Pond. A few unobtrusive old farms front the western shore. The main drawback: road noise from Route 202, which runs quite close to the pond at the northern end. The water at Powder Mill is exceptionally clean, as evidenced by the shells of freshwater mussels along the shore probably left by raccoons or otters. You will find lots of deep inlets and marshy eddies to explore along the nearly three-mile stretch from the covered bridge on Forest Road at the southern end of the pond to the dam at the northern end.