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South Fork of the Baker River

Stretch: Bickford Woods Rd to Rowentown Rd
Difficulty: Class IV+
Distance: 3.0 miles
Flows: ~2.2 to ~4.5. Visit the American Whitewater flow page
Gradient: 132 fpm on Rocky Brook then144 fpm on South Fork Baker
Put-in: Bridge on Bickford Woods Rd
Take-out: Bridge on Rowentown Rd
Shuttle: 2.1 miles (5 minutes one way)
Season: Spring from rain and snow melt. Occasionally off of thunderstorms.
Written: © 2015
Featured in A Wet State #99

Mi ~0.75 Mi 0.95: Mi 1.1: Mi 1.75: Mi 2.1: Mi 2.45:

For more details on the run, see the AW write-up...

Take-out: 3.8 miles south of Wentworth, NH on NG-118 / NH-25 (or 9.8 miles west from Plymouth) take the North Dorchester Rd to the west (right from Wentworth, left from Plymouth) (the guidebook calls it South Wentworth Rd, but that is no longer correct). It is the first turn South of the river. Continue up N Dorchester for 1.4 miles before turning right on Rowentown Rd. In 100 yards you get to the bridge at take-out. There is a decent turn out on the far side, but easier river access on the near side.

Put-in: Head back the way you can 100 yard, turn right continuing up North Dorchester Rd. Follow this 1.9 miles steeply up a couple of hills (I had to walk my bike finally near the end!) before turning left onto Bickford Woods Rd. Park on the far side of the bridge over Rocky Brook. You can also put-in on the South Baker upstream a mile of the confluence. I know that just above the confluence there was a cool drop, and after our trip I saw a video which actually made several other rapids look pretty good. Look at a map for those directions, it is easy to figure out.

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