Boston Kayaker

Kayaking on Suncook River - in Barnstead NH

Rating: Two Stars - This is one of those routes where a map will be useful in avoiding dead end coves. There are a few houses to be seen in this route but can be counted by fingers. Nice greenery and I paddled by myself the whole time.

  Put in above dam at Parade
  Hill Road in Barnstead NH.
Paddle upriver to Depot Street
  bridge and return.
Estimated round trip
  distance = 4 miles
  Parade Dam
Suncook River Canoe
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The town center and post office in Barnstead NH.
Trip date is June 2014.

The Suncook River's Barnstead Parade Dam in Barnstead NH.

The ramp on Suncook River on the south east side of Parade Hill Road bridge.

To the left of the launch are the buoys marking Barnstead Parade Dam.

The Boston Kayaker just launched on the Suncook River from the Parade Hill Road bridge in Barnstead NH.

Paddling east upriver. Skies are cloudy.

The sky got darker. It might rain . . .

Not more than 15 minutes after I launched on dark gray skies, the sun came out and stayed.

Now entering the wide pond-like portion of Suncook River.

I am heading straight ahead so I can follow that coast.

I ended up in this dead-end corner . . .

Just turned around and looking for the main stem of the river.

Will turn to the left before that log.

Ok now I can see the where the river is coming.

Remnants of a foot brige.

There is the peninsula with some benches where the water forks.

I will fork the left of this rest area.

I am following the coast on my left so I do not get distracted with the river branches on the right.

There is the Depot Street bridge. I have reached my point of return.

Can not really go any farther as the water is too shallow now.

I just turned around and now paddling back.

A beaver lodge on Suncook River.

Decided to beach and take a break at the peninsula with the rest area.

Back on the waters of Suncook River.

There is that log again.

Now in the wide area of Suncook River.

I can now see the Parade Hill Road bridge where I launched.

There is the ramp where I will take out. Kayak trip ending.

The top of Barnstead Parade Dam.

Barnstead Parade Dam.

A farm store on Route 28 near Barnstead NH.