Merrimack River, MA, NH

The Merrimack River is 117 miles long.
It starts in Franklin and flows south into the state of Massachusetts.
The river flows northeast into the Atlantic Ocean.
There have been several navy ships that have been named after this river.
The Merrimack River provides power to the towns that ran along the river from 1850 to 1930. The power was utilized for the textile mills. The river still produces waterpower but the majority of the mills and factories are no longer there.

The song Merrimack River along with the instrumental version is featured on the 2009 record titled “Amanda Leigh” by Nashua native, Mandy Moore. The river is part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Systems as set by the National Park Service.

Merrimack River History
Before placation, the river went further than where it ends up today. It used to enter the Atlantic Ocean near Boston. After the glaciers went away, debris from Boston polluted the lower end of the river which redirected the current to its current course where it ends up in Lowell and then flowing into the ocean.

In the early days, the Merrimack River provided an abundance of fish, birds and a transportation route for its inhabitants. An archaeology survey stated that there have been about four or more Native American sites as early as 8,000 years ago until about 350 years ago.

The Merrimack River covers about 4,700 square miles and covers a great deal of the southern part of New Hampshire and part of northeastern Massachusetts.

Merrimack River Activities
The number one thing that people do on the river is paddling. You can paddle for hours on the river. It is not recommended that you go out on the lake during rough water, however. You can walk the trails along the river and see several varieties of wildlife such as woodpeckers and muskrats. You will walk through wooded areas, through open plains and into wetlands. Swimming, boating and fishing round out the most popular summer activities.
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