2017 MVP Calendars (All calendar photos shown below when you visit the web site.)

$13 each; pickup New Years Day Event. Supply limited.

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2019 Spring/Summer Activity Calendar

Here's what the MVP (and our members) are doing (trips, releases, etc):

(If you're planning something, let Scott know to add it to this calendar.)

Apr 13–14 Millers [MA] Release Weekend 54th Annual River Rat Race
Apr 27–28 Blackwater Release Weekend NESS Blackwater Slalom Race
Apr 27 (Sat) Ashuelot River Release Surrey Mtn Dam 5am–1pm 275cfs
Ashuelot Canoe Race, Kiwanis Club Race
May 4–5 West [VT] Release Weekend Group camping at Jamaica State Park. NO SHUTTLE
May 4–5 Lower Otter Brook Release 9am–3pm 300cfs, Otter Brook Canoe & Kayak Race
Sunday release has priority for water.
May 17–19 Stony Creek Rendezvous Festival
Benscreek Canoe Club [PA]
see Dante DiOrio for details.
Jun 22–23 Winni Release Weekend Winni River Days Whitewater Festival
Camping in Odell Park. Club BBQ at take-out?
NESS Winni Slalom Race 1000cfs
Jun 28–30 Deerfield River Festival Camping on the festival grounds.
Jul ?–? Pemi/Bristol Release Weekend Sat 10am–3pm, Sun 10–2 1000cfs
?tentative? Rapid/Androscoggin Weekend
IPC Deerfield Reunion Weekend Deerfield Weekend; Camping and BBQ at Country Aire.
Aug 9–11 Forks Family Weekend Dead (Sat), Kennebec (Sun)
Group camping at Webb's.
Aug 24–25 Pemi/Bristol Release Weekend Sat 10am–3pm, Sun 10–2pm 1000cfs
Chica Paddle Weekend (See Cheryl Guyre for details).
(This is the release in the license for the MVP Pig Roast.)
Quebec/Ontario Long Weekend? Possible Late Summer Northern Rivers Trip
Magalloway Weekend Joint trip with Penobscot Paddle & Chowder Society.

Fall releases decided after Labor Day; typically one-per-weekend in October ending Halloween Weekend.
Sep 21–22 
West Release Weekend
Group camping at Jamaica State Pk.
Low Country Boil signup at TBD.
Colombus Day Week Fall Drawdowns Start Suncook River—Class II (Upper/Lower Suncook Lakes)
North Branch Contoocook—Cl 4+ (Highland Lake/Island Pond)
Mascoma River—Class 3 (Mascoma Lake)
Newfound River—Class 3 (Newfound Lake)
Sugar River—Class 2 (Sunapee Lake)
Saturday, Oct 12 North Branch P'cat Release Horace Lake to Everett Lake—Class 3&4
Saturday, Oct 19 Little Suncook Release Class 3&4 (Northwood Lake)
Halloween Weekend
Saturday Oct 26
End-of-Season Paddlers' Halloween BBQ and Paddle - Everyone Welcome
Lower Piscataquog Release Class II (Glen Lake/Greggs Fall Dam)
Nov 3–3 Tohickon Creek Release [PA] Last Release of the Season.
See Prabhat Adhikary for details.

For group camping: go here to reserve and pay on this MVP web site page.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 August 2022 )
New Years Day on the Winni - 2020

Start the year off right with the first paddling event anywherel.

New Years day on the Winnipesaukee River in NH has been an MVP tradition for decades. This year marks the 39th annual run.

We will NOT be in the church this year.

We are using a large meeting space down the street from the takeout. It's at 361 Central Street (across from Marty's shop), on the SECOND FLOOR above TOAD HALL. There is public parking behind the building. It's a large comfortable space plus plenty of small rooms for changing, etc.It will be open shortly after 9am.

The take-out tent is sponsored by the fine folks from Choose Franklin. More info on the Franklin, NH city web site.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 15 December 2019 )
Winter Pool Sessions

For Winter 2020, Marty Parichand (owner of Outdoor New England) has volunteered to organize everything. Stay-tuned for an announcement early January with details and schedule.

In the meantime, here's last-years schedule as a comparision along with a list of other rolling sessions we are aware of.


 – Manchester, NH YMCA (Sunday nights)
 – Nashua Boys & Girls Club (Sunday nights)
 – Oak Square YMCA, Boston (TBD Monday Nights)
 – River Valley Club, Lebanon (Thursday nights)
 – The Climb (VT)—Not This Year, Sorry.

Click here to pay via the payment page.


  $20/session (paid on-line in advance).
  $25/session (on-site credit-card, cash, etc).
  $48/Three-session package (online only).
  $85/Season Pass (good for all pools).
  $90/Three-session Family Pkg (2 Adults+Kids).
  $5/Children 15 and under (with paying adult).
  Student/Instructor groups can pay per/boat.

***Almost Final*** 2019 Pool Sessions:

We're still working on Boston?

Sun Jan 134:30pm–6:00pmManchester YMCA
Thu Jan 177:30pm–9:00pmRiver Valley Club
Sun Jan 20*none* (every other wk)
Sun Jan 274:30pm-6:00pm Manchester YMCA
Sun Feb 3*none* (Superbowl Weekend)
Sun Feb 105:00pm-6:30pm Nashua B&G Club
Sun Feb 174:30pm-6:00pm Manchester YMCA
Sun Feb 245:00pm-6:30pm Nashua B&G Club
Thu Feb 287:30pm–9:00pmRiver Valley Club
Sun Feb 314:30pm-6:00pm Manchester YMCA
Sat Mar 106:30pm–8:00pmNashua B&G Club
Sun Mar ??*none* (pending demand)
Sun Mar 245:00pm-6:30pm Nashua B&G Club
Thu Mar 287:30pm–9:00pmRiver Valley Club
Sun Apr ??5:00pm-6:30pmNashua B&G Club
Sun Apr ??5:00pm-6:30pmNashua B&G Club
Sun Apr 21*None* (Easter) 

Schedule Is Somewhat Tentative!

We need Pool Monitors for each session. (People
to take attendance, take money, make sure boats are
washed off, etc.) Talk to Skip to volunteer.

Other [Non-MVP] pool sessions [Older Info]:

UNH Durham—Swasey Field House Pool

Wednesday nights 9-11pm (8-10pm after Spring Break)
Instructors available to teach wet exits, rolling, strokes,
etc. Free for students, $10 all others. Info here.
Campus Outdoor Adventure info here.

Salem [MA] YMCA—Rock Paddle Surf (Salem Kayak)

Open practice $20/session; Instruction $50–$75/session.
Info here, more info this Meetup Group.

Brighton [MA] Oak Square YMCA—Pirate boat'ers

(Prev Evelyn Kirrane Aquatics Center, Brookline, MA.)
Mondays 7:45-8:45pm Feb 6, 13, 20, 27. $20/session.
Details at this facebook group.

Arlington Boys & Girls Club—Boston AMC Paddlers

Sundays 5:00–7:00pm: 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26. Open
Practice $80, Rolling Instruction $130 Info here.

North Adams [MA]—Northern Berkshire YMCA

Tue/Thurs Nights

UMass Tottman Gym—No more info

Pittsfield YMCA—No more info

Haverhill [MA] High School—North Shore Paddlers

Sat Jan 7, Sun Jan 22, Sun Feb 12, Sun Feb 19, Sun Feb 26,
Sat Mar 4, Sun Mar 12, Sun Apr 2, Sun Apr 9. Sessions
$25+ACA Fee; NSPN membership required. Info here.

Belfast Area High [ME]—Penobscot Paddle & Chowda

$10/Session. Sundays 10am-12pm: Jan 10, 17, 24, 31,
Feb 7, 28, Mar 6, 13. More info here.

University of Maine/Orono [Bangor]—Wallace Pool

WW Kayak Instruction 3-4pm: Jan 22, Feb 5, 19, Apr 9, 23.
Open practice Sundays 4-6pm (Except Mar 5, 12, 19)
Members: $5, Non-Members: $7. Info here.

Sanford [ME] YMCA

(between Dover NH/Portland ME).
Wednesdays 7:15pm $5. More info: Stephen Bodkin, email: bettertimber_at_metrocast_dot_net

Go here to pay via payment page.

Directions to Manchester Pool:

Manchester YMCA
30 Mechanic Street, Manchester, NH 03101 603-623-3558

Follow I-293 (either direction) into Manchester to Exit 5/Granite Street. Follow the signs for "Elm Street/Downtown/The Millyard/Canal Street" to put you on Granite Street Eastbound. Cross the river on the Granite Street Bridge; drive part-way up the hill, cross over the RR tracks, turn left at the light onto Canal Street (by the bus terminal). Follow Canal Street a little under half-mile, turn right at the light onto Mechanic Street. The YMCA is almost all the way up the hill on the right. Park anywhere along the street.  The YMCA front doors will probably be locked; for the pool entrance walk back down the hill, go around the corner at the end of the building and down a small alley. Thru the gate, up a couple stairs, then thru a twisty-little-maze into the pool.

Sea Kayaks and Canoes – Turn righ onto Market Street (2 blocks before Mechanic Street), up the hill to end at City Hall (with the Mayors parking spot in front of you), turn left into the alley that goes along City Hall. Follow the alley across Stark Street. Look for the Bean and Bagel Shop followed by the Hearing Aid Store on the left. The small gate behind the Hearing Aid store (with the "no parking" sign) leads to the pool. Drop off your boat here (parking at the Hearing Aid Store or on the street is ok), and walk around to the other side of the building since you'll have to open the door from inside. (Note: We checked, and a 16-foot Wilderness Tsunami Touring Kayak just fits thru this entrance with 2-1/2 inches to spare.  Sea Kayaks and Canoes should probably consider using the Nashua pool since the pool is bigger and access is easier.)  Note: The back will be locked; walk around and enter the front first.

Google Maps Link to Manchester Pool

Directions to Nashua Pool:

Boys and Girls Club of Nashua
47 Grand Ave, Nashua (603) 883-0523

From the highway, take exit 5A (That's Five-AEY), not 5E or 5W.

Northbound go past exits 5E and 5W; exit 5A is another couple hundred yards north. Southbound is easier to do a U-Turn at Exit 5 and come north to exit 5A. Go straight thru the first intersection, then you'll pass a school on the left. The B&G club is just past the school on the left behind a large baseball field. Turn left at the end of the baseball field and follow it all the way around.

If you use a GPS to get directions be aware that other folks have been led down the wrong side streets. The B&G Club is the building at the FAR CORNER of the ball field. So keep driving along the field, don't turn down the side streets.

To get to the pool, drive PAST the front entrance, turn right at the end of the building and go about 100 feet. The pool entrance for boats is halfway down the back end of the building. For Sea Kayaks ask the lifeguard to let you in the back entrance where it's a straight shot into the pool.

Google Maps Link to Nashua Pool

Directions to the RVC Pool:

River Valley Club,
33 Morgan Drive, Canterra Park, Lebanon, NH (603) 643-7720

Take Interstate-89 to Exit 18 (Route 120 North).

Go about 2-1/2 miles, turn right on Centerra Parkway, go a couple hundred feet and turn right again onto Morgan Drive. Follow Morgan Drive about a quarter-mile as it curves to the left. The River Valley Club is on the left.

Go past the club parking lot and turn left into the driveway at the far end of the facility. Drive down the right side of the building; enter the pool via back door.
Important Note: The Lebanon Pool is a Salt Water Pool!!!

Google Maps Link to the RVC Pool

Directions to the The Climb Fitness Center, Brownsville, VT

The Climb Health Club,
223 Hotel Rd, Brownsville, VT 05037

Directions: Near Mt Ascutney, attached to the Holiday Inn Hotel.

Google Maps link to The Climb

Last Updated ( Saturday, 10 February 2018 )
Annual Fall Piscataquog Dam Drawdown and Paddlers' Party.

You're invited to the Annual Piscataquog Fall Drawdown Release (Class II Section).

All Paddlers are invited. (Not just folks we know.) So don't be shy! It's the last release of the year after all.

Halloween Day—Paddle and BBQ.

Saturday October 28th.

Release starts at 10am.

Party after paddling. Start on that winter fat...

Sponsored by the MVP and NH AMC Paddlers.


What to Do!

  • Show up at the dam.
  • Put on.
  • Boat (or just Park-n-Play).
  • Shuttle back to the put in.
  • Eat til you explode.
  • Drive home safely.

What to Bring:

  • Lawn chair to sit on
  • BYOB (for various values of 'B').
  • Desserts pot-luck since we're supplying main meal only.
  • Bring an appetite!

Le Menu:

  • Marinated steak tips hot off the grill
  • Hot baked potatoes with butter and sour cream
  • Baked beans with keilbasa and bacon, onions and green peppers.
  • Two kinds of homemade chicken soup
  • Homemade tomato bisque (No clams, Nancy is trying something different)
  • Salad
  • Homemade bread (made by Nancy herself) for dunkin.

 Directions can be found at this American Whitewater Web Site Page.

 Thanks to Bruce Taylor for supplying photos of prior years' event, with over 100 paddlers (from all over New England) participating.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 October 2017 )
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