Boston Kayaker

Kayaking on Franklin Pierce Lake - a.k.a. "Jackman Reservoir" in Hillsboro NH

Rating: One-and-a-Half Stars - This is a sizable lake with mostly developed shores. Lake is busy with motorize trarric. Water was clean and very much swimmable. I had the Boston Kayaker's wife as buddy today. We paddled counter-clockwise and stayed to the sides. Paddle time was 2 hours and 31 minutes.

  Put in at park on West Main
  Street in Hillsboro NH.
Paddle around Franklin
  Pierce Lake and return.
Estimated round trip
  distance = 5+ miles

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At Manahan Park on Route 31 / West Main Street in Hillsboro NH.
Trip date is August 2019.

At the launch to Franklin Pierce Lake at Manahan Park.

Just launched on Franklin Pierce Lake and we turned right.
This shot from my wife's camera.

This picture is from my camera. My wife in the picture.

The Boston Kayaker on Franklin Pierce Lake.

We will paddle the lake counter-clockwise following the shore on our right.

The public beach at Manahan Park.

It is the first time the Boston Kayaker trying out the newly-bought wing paddle.

Continuing to follow the coast on our right on a south-westerly direction.

The Boston Kayaker and his wing paddle on Franklin Pierce Lake.

The lake right now has a few motored boats joy-riding around pulling water-skiers.

The southern end of Franklin Pierce Lake.

We pivot left to continue counter-clockwise direction to the other coast.

On right is now the start of the eastern shore and we are now paddling northerly.

Pontoon boat on Franklin Pierce Lake.

An island on Franklin Pierce Lake.

Looking northwards from the narrow channel at the southern end.


We will now take a short-cut via the middle of the lake. Will skip the northeast cove shoreline.

Back to Manahan Park.

Landed. Paddle time is 2 hours and 20 minutes.