Map 13 ~ Mt. Wantastiquet Region
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kinds of water craft share the river here with
swimmers and fishermen. To avoid conflicts, motor
boats must reduce speed to headway travel within
150 of another boat, swimmer, island, or
other obstruction, and canoeists should use the
side of the river. Fishermen appreciate it when
jetskis give them a wide berth. The river is too
narrow for legal use of personal watercraft above
the Route 9 Bridge.
Marine Patrol: Toll Free in NH
(1-877-642-9700) or 603-293-2037.
Water skiers should confine their rides to
places where the river is wide enough to allow the
boat to turn without approaching too close to
shore. Boaters should watch for scuba divers around
Be sure you park your vehicle where it will not
interfere with private property. For boating
services, check the marinas at Hinsdale and at the
mouth of the West River.
Retreat Meadows, at the mouth of the West River,
is a valuable wetland and stopover habitat for
migrating birds. The mainstem near Vernon Dam is
perhaps the best place on the northern half of the
river to see waterfowl in winter, and is also a
favorite fishing spot for bald eagles. The mainstem
has become a warmwater fishery here due to the dam,
and features walleye, bass, shad, and perch.
Vernon Dam, constructed in 1909, has since been
fitted to allow migrating fish to pass around the
dam to reach their spawning waters upstream. The
fish ladder ushers thousands of American shad
upstream each year; the run peaks in early June.
Since the addition of downstream passage in recent
years, fish have been observed going down the
chute, holding below the dam, and going back up the
ladder for another ride. Plan on a stop at USGen
New England 's fish ladder and viewing gallery.
Information on current
and projected flows at Connecticut River mainstem
dams is available through TransCanada Hydro
This is the last map in the series. For
further information, and details on the Lower
Connecticut River, we recommend the Complete
Boating Guide to the Connecticut River
published by the Connecticut River Watershed
Council (call 413-772-2020).
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