Lyman Falls is a special property located on a scenic stretch of the upper Connecticut River. Both sides of the river here have been conserved by the Vermont River Conservancy. On river right is Lyman Falls State Park, which hosts three campsites for paddlers. On river left is land now owned by the town of Columbia, NH. A campsite for paddlers has been built on the island just upstream of the breached dam.
The river in this vicinity is a mix of quick-water and Class I rapids. It can get quite bony in the summer - plan a trip here in late spring, early summer or after summer and rains bring the river up.The breached dam at Lyman Falls is a hazard for paddlers. Old sections of concrete create pinning hazards at all levels and hydraulics at high water. It is best navigated by paddling or lining on the New Hampshire side. It is best to scout Lyman Falls on your way up, and bring a map with you - the rapid comes up without much warning.
There are several launch points, depending on how far you want to paddle, including Canaan, (21 miles), Lemington Access. Your second day out, paddle south to the Maidstone Bridge, through a section of river that is part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.
Need a shuttle? Contact the folks at the Upper Connecticut Canoe and Kayak Shuttle Service or the Columbia Bridge Outfitters.