Boston Kayaker

Kayaking on Merrimack River - from Hooksett NH to Manchester NH

Rating: Two Stars - This is a very calm stretch of the Merrimack River that is book-ended by dams. The river was uniformly wide and green on both banks. For this trip, we paddled with my mother, cousin and family from California. Took the Cali newbies for the easy paddle. Paddle time was 3 hours and 1 minute.

  Put in at Merrimack Street
  in Hooksett NH.
Take out at Fletcher Street behind Amoskeag
  Fishways Center in Manchester NH.
Estimated distance
  = 7+ miles

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Kayaking on Merrimack River - from Hooksett NH to Manchester NH

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At the put in to Merrimack River below the Hooksett Dam on Merrimack Street in Hooksett NH.
Trip date is July 2019.

The ramp to the Merrimack River below the Hooksett Dam.

The Boston Kayaker just launched on the Merrimack River on the back of our tandem kayak.
In front is my mother, first time in a kayak!

We paddled a little bit upriver to the right from launch just to see the bottom of the Hooksett Dam.

Hooksett Dam.

Turned around and now facing downriver.

We will paddle downriver under clear skies.

My cousin and niece (father and daughter).

My cousin's wife.

The Boston Kayaker and mother on the Merrimack River.

Rail bridge ahead.

Passing under the rail bridge.
In front is the Main Street bridge.

Turned sideways just to take a photo.

Waiting in the shade on the river side for the rest of the kayak group . . .

On the left bank, a group of youngsters enjoying the river.

Nice to have a river at the back of your house . . .

A motorized boat on the Merrimack River.

Ahead are the I-93 bridges.

Jetski. Transport of choice for people who can not paddle.

A small spot of sandy beach.

The Boston Kayaker on the banks of the Merrimack.

We can now see the buildings in Manchester NH.

A blue heron on the banks of the Merrimack River.

A blue heron in flight over the Merrimack River.

The Amoskeag Street bridge in sight.
Take out is just after the bridge.

The buoys marking the Amoskeag Dam visible.

Landed. Paddle time is 3 hours 1 minute.

The takeout at Amoskeag Fishways Visitor Center on Fletcher Street in Manchester NH.