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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2018 Spring/Summer Activity Calendar

Here's what the MVP is doing (trips, releases, etc):

Apr 14–15 Millers [MA] Release Weekend 54th Annual River Rat Race
Apr 14–15 Blackwater Release Weekend NESS Blackwater Slalom Race *Cancelled due to ice*
Apr 28 (Sat) Ashuelot River Release Surrey Mtn Dam 5am–1pm 275cfs
Ashuelot Canoe Race, Kiwanis Club Race
May 5–6 West [VT] Release Weekend Group camping at Jamaica State Park. NO SHUTTLE
May 5–6 Lower Otter Brook Release 9am–3pm 300cfs, ACA NH WW Championship
Sunday release has priority for water.
May 18–20 Stony Creek Rendezvous Festival
Benscreek Canoe Club [PA]
see Dante DiOrio for details.
May 19? National River Cleanup Day See Julie for Details.
Raft Guide Course
Details TBD
Jun 23–24 Winni Release Weekend Winni River Days Whitewater Festival
Camping in Odell Park. Club BBQ at take-out?
NESS Winni Slalom Race 1000cfs
Jun 30–Jul 1 Deerfield River Festival Camping on the festival grounds.
Jul 14–15 ? Pemi/Bristol Release Weekend Sat 10am–3pm, Sun 10–2 1000cfs Cancelled (no rain)
July 20–22 Rapid/Androscoggin Weekend Group Camping at Umbagog Lake State Park.
IPC Deerfield Reunion Weekend Deerfield Weekend; Camping and BBQ at Country Aire.
Aug 11–12 Forks Family Weekend Dead (Sat), Kennebec (Sun)
Group camping at Webb's.
Aug 25–26 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 22–23 
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)
date TBD North Branch P'cat Release Horace Lake to Everett Lake—Class 3&4
date TBD Little Suncook Release Class 3&4 (Northwood Lake)
Halloween Weekend? Lower Piscataquog Release Class II (Glen Lake/Greggs Fall Dam)
  End-of-Season Paddlers' Halloween BBQ and Paddle - Everyone Welcome
Nov 3–4? 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, 15 May 2018 )
Winter Pool Sessions

Winter pool sessions have begun. Come practice those skills. Its better to roll than swim, especially when the water temperature is only a little north of ice. Scheduled most weekends January thru early April; Thursday nights in Lebanon.  


 – Manchester, NH YMCA (Sunday nights)
 – Nashua Boys & Girls Club (Sunday nights)
 – River Valley Club, Lebanon (Thursday nights)
 – The Climb, Brownsville, VT (Thursday nights)

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.

2018 Pool Sessions:

Sun Jan 145:00pm–6:30pmManchester YMCA
Sun Jan 21*none* (every other wk)
Thu Jan 257:30pm–9:00pmRiver Valley Club
Sun Jan 285:00pm-6:30pm Manchester YMCA
Sun Feb 4*none* (Superbowl Weekend)
Sun Feb 86:00pm-8:00pm The Climb (VT)
Sun Feb 115:00pm-6:30pm Manchester YMCA
Sun Feb 185:00pm-6:30pm Nashua B&G Club
Thu Feb 227:30pm–9:00pmRiver Valley Club
Sun Feb 255:00pm-6:30pm Manchester YMCA
Sun Mar 45:00pm-6:30pm Nashua B&G Club
Thu Mar 86:00pm-8:00pm The Climb (VT)
Sun Mar 11*none* (pending demand)
Sun Mar 185:00pm-6:30pm Nashua B&G Club
Thu Mar 227:30pm–9:00pmRiver Valley Club
Sun Mar 255:00pm-6:30pm Nashua B&G Club
Sun Apr 1*None* (Easter) 
Thu Apr 56:00pm-8:00pmThe Climb (VT)
Sun Apr 85:00pm-6:30pmNashua B&G Club
Tue May 16:00pm-8:00pmThe Climb (VT)

Other [Non-MVP] pool sessions [2017 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 )
MVP Annual Meeting & Bondfire
Image Saturday, November 18 at Andrew Fournier's place near the Winni!. As always the meeting will be bring a dish or more to share, and BYOB. Directions and a list of anything else Andrew needs for us to bring will follow.

Jeff says:
"If you are interested in helping the club please consider running for an office. "
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 October 2017 )
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