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Explore the Merrimack

Boating, kayaking or canoeing

Great! You’ll find a wide variety of experiences and environments—ranging from lake-like calm water to fierce (and sometimes dangerous) rapids and tidal flows.

Here is information on each of the four major regions of the Merrimack:

the Four Major regions of the Merrimack:

Lower Mass

From the sea to the Great Stone Dam in Lawrence, 30 miles.  Most of this stretch is tidal, which can present challenges for paddlers—particularly when the tide is going out.  This is the busiest stretch of the river, with thousands of power boats docked at marinas, resting on moorings, or entering via boat ramps.  Many miles of excellent water for powerboating.  Some kayaking happens along this part of the river, but in many areas you’ll contend with wakes and confusing currents.

Upper Mass

From the Great Stone Dam in Lawrence to the New Hampshire border, 19 miles.  A wide variety of boating options (kayaks, canoes, power boats, crew boats).  This region has 2 dams—in Lawrence and Lowell.

Lower N.H.

From the Mass. border to Garvin’s Falls dam in Bow, 35 miles.  This area also supports a good variety of boating options, though it can be shallow and tricky in some parts. Not an ideal place to bring a deep-draft boat.  There are 3 dams—in Manchester, Hooksett and Bow.

Upper N.H.

From Bow to the river’s headwaters, in Franklin—30 miles.  This is the arguably the best region for paddlers.  A wide range of water conditions (ranging from calm to rapids). Long stretches of wild, unpeopled shorelines, this area is eligible for inclusion on the national list of Wild and Scenic Rivers.  Tends to be shallow and rocky in many spots.

Join the fun

The Merrimack River Watershed Council Board of Directors has joined together to create a Matching Gift challenge for our year-end fundraising appeal final push!

For every donation made to MRWC between now and June 30th, our Board of Directors will match it dollar for dollar up to $5000.

The importance of their commitment can not be understated; they know that together, we need to safeguard the Merrimack River watershed for clean water, climate resiliency, healthy fish and wildlife habitats, and recreational access for all.

We know you will give what you can for a clean river!

Photo by Marilyn Bernstein
Calling all anglers, paddlers, bird and wildlife enthusiasts and anyone who supports healthy river systems! Come learn about the benefits of dam removal and where the process for removing the Talbot Mills dam stands. Hear more about a site that has caught the attention of local, state, and federal organizations, including influential naturalists like Henry David Thoreau.

The Talbot Mills Dam is located on the Concord River in Billerica, Massachusetts. While the dam once served an important role for the nearby mill, it now provides more issues than benefits.  Removing the dam would reopen essential habitat to migratory fish species and effectively reconnect this area to the Mighty Merrimack and the ocean; improve water quality, aquatic habitat, and natural riverine processes; reduce upstream flood hazards; and eliminate risks to human safety and infrastructure associated with the over 300-year-old structure. 

This project has the opportunity to not only restore river functions and habitat in the Concord River, but to improve fish and wildlife populations all the way in the ocean. Join us and our partners to learn more! You can attend this meeting virtually or in person. More information is available on our website. 

#damremoval #ecologicalrestoration #concordriver
Champion trees are the biggest individuals of their species on the county, state, and national level, and Concord is home to a number of significant, impressive specimens.

Our NH Americorps member Jake is leading a 1-mile guide walk focused on the champion trees in downtown Concord. The walk is on Thursday, July 7th at 4pm, starting at the state offices campus and ending at the capitol building. After the walk, we will head over to Concord Craft Brewing Co. at 5:00 for a happy hour!

For more details and to sign up for this FREE event, click the link in our bio! 

Pictured: American smoketree big tree state champion in Concord, NH (Photo by Elizabeth Frantz)

#guidedhike #concordnh #championtrees
Our June Newsletter is now available! Take a look at what is happening in the Watershed! 💧  #paddlechallenge
#cleanwater #events #hiring #damremoval #doubleyourimpact
Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Bethany Car declared a Level 2 – Significant Drought in the Northeast and Southeast Regions. Conditions have worsened across most regions of the state, in particular in the Northeast and Southeast regions. This declaration will remain in effect till the next declaration in July.
Join us for an evening of education, discussion, and activities focused on climate change and resilience in the greater Lawrence community! We are excited to partner with the Lawrence Public Library and the City of Lawrence to support education on climate change and disaster resilience. There will also be programming for kids and teens. No registration required. We hope to see you there! 

#freeevent #lawrencema #localartist #climateresilience #communityoutreach #publiclibrary
Last week, volunteers helped us pull roughly 1,000 pounds of invasive garlic mustard and bittersweet vines from Stark park in Manchester. 

These invasive species crowd out native plants along the Merrimack's riparian areas, which can negatively affect water quality. Removing invasives helps keep the native vegetation healthy and keeps the river's natural filtration systems in place. 

Join us for more invasive removal events in New Hampshire later this summer!

Pictured: Friend of Stark Park's Betsey and MRWC's Jake with bins of garlic mustard for disposal
Calling anyone interested in environmental careers! Whether you are just entering the job market, or looking to make a career change, Terracorps is a great opportunity to explore the field of environmental nonprofit work. 

MRWC is hiring a Massachusetts TerraCorps member for the 2022-2023 service year. We will host a Community Engagement Coordinator from September 2022 to July 2023. We strongly encourage interested individuals to apply as soon as possible once applications are posted. A full position description is available on our website

Position offers and acceptances will be made on a rolling basis. The program aims to fill all positions by mid-July, but Service Sites will continue interviews as needed until all positions are filled. 

To apply for this position and to learn more about other TerraCorps service Member opportunities, visit the "Job Opportunities" link in our bio. 

#americorps #massservicealliance #terracorps #serviceyear #nonprofit #hiring #communityengagement
Come learn about flooding and green infrastructure at the Tewksbury farmers market! We're here till 7! 288 Livingston Street Tewksbury MA
🌎 For the Next 14 days, Double the Impact of Your Gift to MRWC! 
Our Board of Directors will match all gifts up to a total of $5,000 until June more here! 🌎
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