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Souhegan River Facts & History of the Souhegan River in NH

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  • Souhegan River Facts & History of the Souhegan River in NH

    The Souhegan River flows north as well as east in the southern part of the state and ends up in the Merrimack River. The river starts in New Ipswich through Greenville, down to Wilton, through the center of Milford, past a part of Amherst and into the town of Merrimack. From there, it flows underneath the Everett Turnpike and Route 3 until it spills into the Merrimack River.

    Souhegan River Facts

    Souhegan River is utilized for water supplies, hydropower and recreation.
    The Souhegan River is 33.8 miles long and its drainage area is 171 square miles.
    The water quality is good for fishing and swimming.
    The river is stocked with three kids of trout: Brook, Rainbow and Brown. Each year the river is also stocked with 10,000 Salmon fry that cannot be caught as part of the Salmon Restoration Project. Other fish species include sunfish, suckers, smallmouth bass and yellow perch.
    In and around the river are 28 species of animals and plants that are listed on the endangered or threatened list.

    Souhegan River History

    The name means waiting and watching place. Tribal fisherman use to set up fishing traps across the rapids. They were then able to catch fish such as sturgeon, salmon, eels and alewives. The river was created by the joining of the South and West Branch in New Ipswich. Throughout the years, the river has been used for providing transportation, providing power to the mills and supplying drinking water.

    Souhegan River Recreation

    The major activities at the Souhegan River include fishing, canoeing, picnicking, kayaking, hiking and swimming. There is a forest that is great for hiking called Russell-Abbott State Forest. You can also do some sun bathing on Campers Beach, Picnickers Beach or Miller State Park.
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