Kayaking and Boating

Surrounded by lakes, ponds, and five rivers - an amazing landscape of waterways defines the Capital Region - Concord is the perfect place to get out on the water. And with two local outfitters, equipment is easy to find. Prefer to rent? You’ll find canoe and kayak rentals just minutes away at Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown. Whitewater enthusiasts can challenge themselves in nearby Henniker on the Contoocook River, or in Warner on the Blackwater River; both attract world-class kayak and canoe enthusiasts. Those seeking a more peaceful glide past fields and forests will find it in Pembroke – both the Suncook and Soucook rivers flow through the town.

Anglers can launch a boat into the Merrimack River or one of Concord’s many local ponds, such as Turkey or Hot Hole. Drop a line from the dock or row out to the middle for a day of relaxation. Or get in an enjoyable workout on your stand-up paddleboard. During the winter months, Turtle Pond is a favorite among ice fishing enthusiasts for its good ice conditions and abundance of fish.


If you’d rather relax with friends on a pontoon, or tow the kids behind a bow rider, Greater Concord offers public-access sites like Northwood and Franklin Pierce Lake where you can launch a larger boat. Local dealers offer everything from powerboats to trailers, tubes – tow the kids! - and winter storage.

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