Map 11 ~ Bellows Falls Pool
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your vehicle where it will not interfere with
traffic and agricultural use. For boating services,
Green Mountain Marine is located in Rockingham.
Avoid allowing your wake to strike the steep
bank above the Bellows Falls Dam at N. Walpole.
Severe erosion occurred here several years ago when
ice floes caught on submerged cribs dating from the
log drive days, and created a strong eddy.
To portage the dam, canoeists may call for a
taxi to help with the 1 1/2 mile trip.
Bellows Falls Dam, like the dams at Wilder and
Vernon, has a fish ladder to allow migration
upstream, and also downstream passage. Bellows
Falls is the historic upstream limit for American
shad, which are now returning to the river by the
thousands now that passage has been built for them.
Information on current
and projected flows at Connecticut River mainstem
dams is available through TransCanada Hydro
The first bridge ever built across the
Connecticut River linked Bellows Falls and Walpole,
in 1784. Soon afterward, one of the earliest canals
in the country was cut to aid navigation around the
falls. It became part of the hydro dam in 1928.
Below the dam, the river welcomes fishermen,
canoeists, and kayakers, but is too shallow for
motorized boats above Walpole Island.
Marine Patrol: Toll Free in NH
(1-877-642-9700) or 603-293-2037. For the
safety of all, please call if you observe illegal
or dangerous boating activity.
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