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Merrimack River guided paddle

Where: Merrimack River (beginning at Amoskeag Bridge)
When: Sunday, July 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: Free (you must bring your own boat)
Visit: soueghanriver.org




River run
Professional guides lead free kayaking trips

06/30/16
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 Looking for a little adventure on the water? The Souhegan Watershed Association is hosting a series of free kayaking trips throughout the summer, and the next one will take off across the Merrimack River in Manchester on Sunday, July 3, beginning at the Amoskeag Bridge.

The trips are co-sponsored by the Merrimack River Watershed Council and are led by an experienced volunteer guide. Each route has been labeled “easy” or “moderate,” depending on the difficulty and the level of experience necessary. Though the trips are free, participants are required to bring their own kayaks, paddles, life vests and other equipment. 
“We started doing these trips as an educational thing ... to get people out on the river and provide information as a guide,” said George May, president of the Souhegan Watershed Association and leader for the July 3 trip. “But generally speaking, almost everybody has some experience. We have a lot of repeat customers and just a lot of people that want to get out and enjoy the rivers. These are family trips too, so kids are of course welcome as long as they are with their parents.”
May has been leading kayak trips for more than 25 years. He said although this trip will be the only one all summer with any white water, labeling it as “moderate,” it’s still on the easy side and is normally one of the more popular trips of the summer.
“Some of the other trips may have more flat water, like a lake, so you wouldn’t be moving very much,” he said.
He said the great thing about this trip is the unique opportunity to see both an urban and a rural side of the Queen City.
“Part of the fun is getting to see all of the rapids that are still left on the Merrimack River from the Amoskeag Dam, and then you’ve got mills on both sides of you, and these were at one time the largest mills in the world,” May said. “If you didn’t hear airplanes flying over your head or cars going on the side of the highway, you would think you were out in the middle of America.”
Other trips this summer will include ones across the Souhegan River on July 23, the Ipswich River in Topsfield, Mass., on Aug. 13, the Assabet River in Concord, Mass., on Sept. 10, and the Contoocook River in Peterborough on Oct. 8. All are rated as “easy.” May said the SWA will likely be adding more trips to the schedule in the coming weeks.
Most of the trips paddle rain or shine and travel at a leisurely pace, with a lunch break around noon, and end at about 3 p.m. Participants for the July 3 trip should park at the Amoskeag Fishways Learning & Visitors Center (4 Fletcher St., Manchester). Volunteers will be there to help kayakers place their boats in the water. 





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