Northern New Hampshire Rivers

The Ammonoosuc River, Wild Ammonoosuc River, and Connecticut River are easily accessible when you stay at the Hibbard House Inn. Call or book online for best rates!

The Ammonoosuc River

The Ammonoosuc River is a 60-mile long tributary of the Connecticut River. It begins in Mount Washington, at the Lake of the Clouds, flows west to Bethlehem Junction, north to Littleton, and, finally, southwest through Bath, joining the Connecticut River at Haverhill.

The Ammonoosuc River runs through forest areas, wetlands, and large areas of unfragmented land. It is home to a variety of wildlife. Birds you can expect to see along the river include peregrine falcons, bald eagles, osprey, and upland sandpipers. Animals include river otters, beaver, deer, turkeys, black bears, American martens, and northern bog lemmings. Of course, the river provides an excellent habitat for a number of fish species.

You'll find plenty of recreation opportunities on the Ammonoosuc River. Fishing, for instance, is very popular. The river is stocked with rainbow trout, brook trout, and brown trout. You can also have success fishing for Atlantic salmon. White water kayaking is popular on the river, as is canoeing. A variety of skill levels can be accommodated. Other activities include hiking, swimming, snowmobiling, alpine skiing, and cross-country skiing.

In our area, the Ammonoosuc River can easily be accessed at the Bath Covered Bridge Picnic Area.

Have questions? Specific information about the Ammonoosuc River can be obtained from the New Hampshire Rivers Management and Protection Program.
RMPP Rivers Coordinator
9 Hazen Drive, Concord, New Hampshire 03302
Phone: (603) 271-2959

The Wild Ammonoosuc River

The Wild Ammonoosuc River is 15-mile long tributary of the Ammonoosuc River that flows from Woodstock to Bath before becoming part of the Ammonoosuc River. Although it is stocked with salmon, fishing is not that common along the river. Instead, the Wild Ammonoosuc is a great place to pan for gold, high quality 22-carat gold. Folks have been panning for gold in this river for generations. Typically, spring flood waters churn up the river bottom, and expose enough gold to make it interesting for prospectors. The Wild Ammonoosuc River can be accessed off New Hampshire Route 112, which runs parallel to the river for the river's entire length.

The Connecticut River

The Connecticut River is a 406-mile long river that flows through the northeastern United States. It's the longest river in the New England region. The Connecticut River begins in Pittsburg, New Hampshire, and flows through 26 New Hampshire communities, acting as a border between New Hampshire and Vermont.

The Connecticut River and surrounding areas support a wide variety of wildlife and plant life. It's home to close to 300 species of animals, including moose, bear, bobcats, bald eagles, and wild turkeys. Rare and unusual plants include the Jesup's milk-vetch, green dragon, and ostrich fern.

Recreational opportunities abound around the Connecticut River. You'll find plenty of hiking trails, snowmobile trails, swimming locations, and scenic picnic areas.

Boating is also very popular on the river, and access sites are plentiful. From Pittsburg to Hinsdale, the Connecticut River provides great opportunities for whitewater kayaking and canoeing. The best bets for encountering whitewater are at Columbia's Lymans Fall and Cornish's Sumner Falls.

The Upper Connecticut River also provides numerous opportunities for fishing, especially trout and salmon fishing. The river is regularly stocked with brook trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout. Depending on your location, you might also find yellow perch, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish, walleye, shad, and bluegill.

Have questions? Specific information about the Connecticut River can be obtained from the New Hampshire Rivers Management and Protection Program.
RMPP Rivers Coordinator
9 Hazen Drive, Concord, New Hampshire 03302
Phone: (603) 271-2959


Wild Ammonoosuc River. The_Truth181, Trip Advisor
We had a great time on the river panning for gold and looking for wild life if your in this area and looking for a clean place to stay go to twin river campgrounds and cabins

Connecticut River. dmount2001, Trip Advisor
The reason to go to the river in Pittsburgh is either to fish or hike. The river roars in early June and there are plenty of fish. My friend and I had a Grand Slam. We caught one of each type in the river - a brookie, a rainbow, a brown and a salmon.
Great day.