Thursday, March 4, 2010

SkyWatch Friday: The Pemigewasset River

Below the Eastman Falls Hydroelectric Station, outside of Franklin, New Hampshire

The Pemigewasset is 65 miles (105 km) long. It meets the Winnipesaukee River in Franklin and together the two create the Merrimack River that flows down to Boston. The Merrimack River is the river on which Thoreau paddled and about which he wrote in his book A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers. The Merrimack is also where John and I took Wingnut kayaking this past summer and where I carelessly fell in with my Canon Rebel XSi around my neck. After I hauled my sorry self out of the river, I saw a flock, yes, a flock of bald eagles. These were the very first bald eagles I had ever seen in my life. And my camera had died because I drowned it. (It cost a fortune, but the camera has been repaired. And I have learned my lesson.)

The section of the Pemigewasset seen here is just below the Eastman Falls Hydroelectric Station. It is a favorite site for anglers of Atlantic salmon. If you can avoid being drowned when the water behind the dam is released, it is good fishing.

Pemigewasset River Catch & Release Section
From a point approximately 150 feet below the Eastman Falls Dam to the downstream side of the Rt 3 & 11 bridge the following regulations shall apply:
  • There shall be no closed season for all species.
  • All fish taken shall be immediately released unharmed to the water.
  • Atlantic salmon shall only be taken by fly fishing as specified in the Atlantic salmon brood stock regulations.
  • All other fish shall only be taken with flies or artificial lures with only one hook point.

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  1. When I lived outside Boston I sometimes canoed on the Concord but never the Merrimack, and, much as I love Walden, I've never been able to get into Thoreau's other work, so this visit upstream was most welcome. Sorry to hear about your camera disaster. I seem to wreck my own camera on average about once a year. Yes, very expensive. Keep up the great photos.

  2. So sorry about the camera and the missed Eagle opportunity. You will see more.

    Nice sky watch picture though. MB

  3. A pretty river scene!!!

    I used to love to fish.

  4. But I love to EAT the fish I catch--but I don't fish any more.

  5. I missed a hawk shot yesterday by just a secodn or so.

  6. Thanks for the narrative as well as the images, Andree, and bringing history into the present. I wonder if Thoreau dropped a notebook in the water or suffered any similar aggravation.

    That river looks ready for spring.

  7. I've driven by that river, or at least seen signs for it many times. I'm glad to hear you were able to get the camera fixed. I guess that is a peril for all of us, in one way or another when we go out shooting. I've been lucky so far, though I haven't gone down too many rivers with my camera, none actually:) I tend to stay on dry land, good old terra firma.

    Have a great week and thanks for your visits.

  8. Just a point of clarification on what is otherwise a very nice river photo and posting.....the Merrimack River does not flow down to Boston, it flows south from NH into MA, and then easterly to Newburyport and the Atlantic.

  9. Thank you, Anon. I admit to being a bit careless with that part of the post. Probably because I think of "Boston" as an geographic area — more than a city. So thank you for clarifying this!

  10. I'm so sorry about your fall and the soaking of your camera. Glad it could be repaired. I'm still waiting for the return of one of my Nikon lenses. It's been in the shop quite some time and I miss it. Too bad about missing the bald eagles ... hope you get another chance to photograph these wonderful birds.
    Hugs and blessings,


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