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Canoeing and Kayaking Places in NH

For your kayaking and canoeing adventures in New Hampshire, we have put together a list of the best places to go canoeing or kayaking in NH. Whether you prefer flat water or white water trips, there is something for everyone of every level.


Canoe and Kayak Rentals  |  Kayak or Canoe Guided Tours



Seven Rivers Paddling

Durham, NH

603-969-5120 | E-Mail | Website


Seven Rivers Paddling offers kayaking tours, classes, clinics, camps, and clubs for children, adults, families and mixed age groups using cutting edge experiential teaching techniques. In addition to the quality instruction participants learn about the local history of the area they paddle. Join us this summer for a week long Adventure Paddle Camp for ages 6-13, tour one of the seven rivers that flow into Portsmouth harbor, or paddle with our weekly Paddle Club and meet some fellow kayakers.



Saco Bound

2561 East Main Street

Center Conway, NH


Saco Bound has been providing Pontoon tours and kayaking adventures in NH since 1972. One of the trips that Saco bound offers is located in Errol NH. Errol is the home to Northern Waters which lies on the Androscoggin River. You can choose between the flat-water or whitewater trip on area rivers such as Lake Umbagog or the Androscoggin River. Choose from a day or weekly trip. Canoe and kayak rentals are available starting at $29 and include paddles, life jackets, spray skirts and area briefings with maps. To get a more experienced tour of the area, choose a guide kayak touring trip.




North Woods Rafting

Route 16

Milan, NH


North Woods Rafting offers white water rafting tours as well as flat water guides. For those adventurous souls, white water rafting weekend adventures from Pontook Dam are available for $60 per person for a half day trip or $100 per person for a full day trip. Trip rates include two runs and a meal. There are several flat water trips available such as float trips for $100 per person on weekends and $80 per person on weekdays. Trip includes a 2˝ to 3˝ hour flat water adventures, small rapids, rope swings and a picnic lunch. Canoe and kayak rentals are also available.



Kayak Country

Junction of Rt. 11 & Kearsarge Valley Rd.

Wilmot, NH


Kayak Country in Wilmot, NH offers the Backwater River Tour which operates Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 2pm-5pm.  The tour introduces kayakers to the sport. The cost is $45 for adults and $35 for kids and includes kayak rental, guide and instruction. The guides demonstrate kayak safety, procedures, equipment and introduce paddling procedures. The guides also give an overview of the area. 



Contoocook River Canoe Company

9 Horse Hill Road

Concord, NH


Contoocook River Canoe Company is a family owned business that offers kayak instruction and guided trips. The guided tour of Lake Umbagog is a three day and two night camping/guided canoe trip. The cost is $245 per person and includes canoe use, tents, food for all three days and paddling gear. All you need to bring is a sleeping bag, personal items and clothing.  The days consist of paddling and exploring and at night, enjoy great food around the campfire.



Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center

Route 116 Pinkham Notch

Gorham, NH


Great Glen Trails Outdoor center offers white water trips and Androscoggin river trips. The white water trip offers beginner programs and private clinics. The beginner program runs 8am-5pm and costs $110 for adults and $80 for children. The beginners program is perfect for those who are new to the sport of kayaking. There is a two person minimum so bring a friend along. The program teaches you how to wet exit, paddle the kayak in a different directions, braces, ferrying across the river and much more. The private clinic is for the more advanced kayakers. The clinic runs from 8am-5pm and costs $175 per person or $135 per person if semi-private. The clinic helps you improve your paddling and master the art of kayaking. The Androscoggin River trips are either full or half day trips. The full day trip is 4-5 hours and costs $95 for adults and $65 for kids. The trip allows time for swimming, relaxing and bird watching. It starts at the Pontook Dam and runs north through the Androscoggin River. The half day trip runs in the morning from 8am-12:30pm or afternoons from 12:30pm-5pm. The trip offers a relaxed tour of parts of the Androscoggin River in New Hampshire.



Portsmouth Kayak Adventures

185 Wentworth Road

Portsmouth, NH


 Portsmouth Kayak Adventures offers eight different tours including The Full Moon Tour, Ladies Night Tour and The Sunset Tour. The Sunset Tour runs for two hours and costs $45 per person. The tour runs along Little Harbor’s Tidal Cheeks and marshes. The Full Moon Tour also runs two hours and costs $50 per person. Paddle along Little Harbors calm waters by moonlight. The ladies Night Tour runs 2 hours as well and is $45 per person.  This tour is for the ladies only.



Franklin Falls Dam

46 Granite Drive

Franklin, NH


Franklin Falls sits on the Pemigewasset River. Take a kayak trip and enjoy the wildlife that the river has to offer. Canoes and kayaks can be set off at the boat ramp or at the Tully River canoe launch.



Miller Outdoors

1185 NH Route 16

Dummer, NH


Miller Outdoors in Dummer NH allows you to enjoy a day on the water fishing, canoeing or kayaking on the Androscoggin River between Errol and Milan. Canoe rentals are $30 per day and kayak rentals are $20 per day for a single or $25 per day for a double. If guided tours are more your style, there are six canoe or kayak trips for you to choose from. For example, Trip C is about 15 miles long whereas Trip F is about 11 miles long.



North Star Canoes

1356A Route 12 A

Cornish, NH


North Star Canoes provides self-guided canoe, kayak and raft trips. They provide full and half day trips. The Sumner Falls full day trip is 12 miles long and is $50 per person while the Covered Bridge half day trip is about 4 miles long and costs $25 per person. The trips include boats, life jackets and paddles.



Northern Extremes

1946 White Mountain Highway

North Conway, NH


Northern Extremes offers three trips. The First Bridge to Private Beach tour runs three miles to the private 10 acre beach for relaxing and eating. The First Bridge to Landing is 7.5 miles to the private beach for lunch. There is more paddling involved with this tour. The Beach to The Landing is 5 miles long and is perfect for the newbie kayakers.



Also see: Dixville Notch & The Balsams for Canoeing and Kayaking



Happy kayaking and canoeing!!



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