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Pemigewasset River

The Pemigewasset River, or Pemi, is a beautiful gem of cold water trout fishery. The river runs through the White Mountain National Forest surrounded with spectacular scenery on both sides. The headwaters begin in Profile Lake in Franconia Notch State Park and flow South for about 70 miles where it joins the Winnipesaukee River to form the Merrimack River in Franklin.

The Pemigewasset River offers white water, quick water and flat water experiences for kayaking and canoeing. The only designated public boat launch on the river is located in Bristol at the Route 104 bridge. But, many canoeists and fishermen use bridge crossings over the river as access points.

Pemigewasset River is home to Native Brook Trout, or Square Tails. Brookies feed mostly during the day and almost exclusively on insects and crustaceans with the occasional small fish. Early in the season, however, you can easily take Brookies on a worm.

Brood stock Atlantic Salmon are often released into the Pemi between Bristol and Manchester. Below Livermore Falls, the river becomes great bass water. Several Bass Clubs hold their tournaments on this section of the river.

For fishing, there is plenty of access along I-93 in the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) around Franconia Notch. In Plymouth, there is a public access areas for the Pemi located on Green Street. Another is in Bristol 12 miles south of Plymouth.

Campgrounds are spread along the river from Franconia Notch to Franklin.

For more information, check the AMC River Guide New Hampshire & Vermont

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