New England’s rich and seemingly unlimited variety of coastal waters, inland lakes and rivers of all shapes and sizes makes it a prime destination for paddle sports adventures. Whether you’re splashing your paddleboard right out your back door or traveling several hours to a cherished destination, the rewards are there for the taking.
Here are six of the best spots in the region where you enjoy your paddleboard, kayak, or canoe this summer.
New Hampshire — Pemigewasset River
The Pemi begins in Franconia Notch State Park, where its clear waterfalls and elevation drops at the Flume and the Basin attract thousands of visitors each year. The river eventually widens as it journeys 65 miles to Franklin, where it joins with the Winnipesaukee River to form the Merrimack River. The majority of the river’s corridor is undeveloped, making it a popular destination for paddleboarders looking to enjoy the natural resources of the region. The river offers whitewater, quick water and flat water experiences, so paddlers should plan accordingly. Ayers Island is an eight-mile section of rapids, but a large portion of the river is shallow, flowing over a gravel bed bordered by wide gravel and sand beaches.