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Paddle Down the Lazy Contoocook River

What better way to spend a summer day than to paddle your way down the lazy Contoocook River in August? You can do just that on Sunday, August 20th when Five Rivers Conservation Trust invites the public to join them for a paddle down the river.

Along the way, you will have the opportunity to see where the Warner and Blackwater Rivers join with the Contoocook River – three of the Five Rivers in the Conservation Trust’s name. You will also float by the four properties-conserved by Five Rivers Conservation Trust. Participants will gain a new perspective from the river – looking up at rich farm fields, floating under bridges, paddling around silver maple trees dipping branches into the water, surprising a group of turtles sunning on a log and watching birds crisscross the river looking for a tasty morsel for lunch!

Transportation for boats and participants is provided and allows you to end the day at your car. Bring your own boat or rent a one or two person kayak if you prefer. Refreshments, including Granite State Ice Cream will greet returning paddlers.

The paddle will be 6.5 miles of flat water with a gentle downstream current. Participants will sign up for one of the arrival times – 11 am, 12 noon and 1 pm. Registration, orientation, transportation and paddling will take about 3.5 – 4.5 hours total.

Space is limited and registration is required by 5:00 pm on Thursday, August 18 at>Events. Cost includes refreshments and transportation for 1-2 people and a boat. Bring your own boat: $15, rent a one person kayak: $30, rent a 2 person kayak: $40. For general questions, contact Five Rivers at or 225-7225.


Five Rivers Conservation Trust is a nonprofit, member-supported conservation organization that works with communities and landowners to conserve land with important conservation values. Five Rivers’ goal is to ensure that future generations can experience, utilize, and benefit from the wildlife, farms, forests, and wetlands, that characterize our landscape today. Five Rivers works in seventeen communities in New Hampshire’s greater capital region and has conserved 70 properties, totaling over 4400 acres in 16 different towns.