Photographs of the Gale River ---

Bob Jensen at Trinity University 

In late March of 2015 we're still getting cold nights and snow storms
Spring does not really arrive up in these mountains until late May
And only fools plant expensive flower gardens before June 1

But in late March springtime can be felt during the days
The sun is much warmer this time of year even when it is cold in the shade
The sunrises moved significantly to the south in late autumn and them commence to move north during the winter
In early December I watch the sun rise over the South Kinsman Mountain in the southeast


Sunrise along the Appalachian Trail on Mount Moosilauke.
The rock piles mark the trail in the mountains

The picture below was  taken earlier in the season before all the leaves had fallen
Snow on the mountain tops comes and goes early in the season


By Christmas the sunrise comes up from behind Mt. Lafayette straight east of my desk


By March the sunrise has moved behind the pointed Mt. Garfield further north


Usually we celebrate each Easter sunrise when the sun rises up behind Mt. Washington in the Presidential Range
Erika usually manages to get out of bed to watch the Easter sunrise
Sometimes she celebrates holding her Bible at sunset


Now what was I planning for photographs this week?
Oh yes, the Gale River that runs through Franconia Village about three miles down the hill from our cottage

The Gale is a beautiful mountain stream not recommended in any season for boats or swimming or even wading


Gale River ---

The Gale River is a 13.1 mile long (21.1 km) tributary of the Ammonoosuc River in northwestern New Hampshire in the United States. Via the Ammonoosuc, it is part of the watershed of the Connecticut River, which flows to Long Island Sound.

The Gale River flows for its entire length in Grafton County. It rises in the White Mountains in the town of Franconia as two short, northward-flowing streams: its North Branch and its South Branch. The two streams join in Bethlehem, and the Gale River flows thence generally westwardly. Returning to Franconia, the river collects the Ham Branch, its most significant tributary, then passes through Sugar Hill to Lisbon, where it joins the Ammonoosuc River.


Gale River (with great pictures of the river and the gorge) ---

Class I-II Section.The Gale River drains the northeast slopes of Mounts LaFayette and Garfield, while its tributaries, LaFayette Brook and Skookumchuk Brook bring water from the north side of Franconia Notch, and Ham Branch flows in from the north west side of the Kinsmans mountains. Between Garfield and Franconia, it is a narrow, turbulent stream that is generally too shallow for canoing. Through Franconia its rocky bed and exceptionally clear water may make it appear too shallow to canoe. The Class I-II put in is at a bridge on Main St. (NH Rte. 18) just past the Franconia volunteer fire department at Plantation Rd. The north bridge abutment has a crude gage painted on it. The minimum boatable level for this section is about 0.4.

Shortly after the put in, the influx of LaFayette Brook on the left causes a fairly heavy Class II rapids, which often has a tree in it. The river then approaches the road again and flows through Franconia with occasional rocks and rapids. While the downstream views often contain buildings in the town, the upstream views toward Cannon and LaFayette can be spectacular in the spring, when their upper levels are still laden with snow. Just past the center of town and before the Rte. 117 bridge, the Ham Branch, along which Robert Frost lived, enters on the left. Past this is an historic iron furnace on the left bank, which is easily missed (look for the picnic ground on the right bank). The scenery is less interesting as the stream turns left near a cement structure at Coffin Pond and away from NH 18/116 to begin to parallel Streeter Pond Rd. However, the left bank becomes nicely wooded and shades the stream before the takeout at the Jesseman Road bridge.

Continued in article (with great pictures)


You don't want to run into her on the road
There are quite a few Moose along the Gale River in the Shadows of Mt. Lafayette


Franconia Village is the former home of Franconia Fine Iron Stoves
Iron ore was dug out of a mine near our cottage and packed on mules
down to Franconia where it was smelted in this old stone iron furnace alongside the Gale River

The Iron Works buildings alongside the Gale River were long since demolished

You can read more about the former iron ore operation at
More detailed history of the Franconia Iron Works can be found at
Also scroll down at

South of the old iron ore furnace is the Lady of the Snows Catholic Church and Town Hall alongside the Gale River
It's only open for one mass per week on Saturday night


Across the river is an old school that is now an apartment building
Note the Cannon Mountain ski trails in this picture's background



From the Gale River you can hike up to the Galehead Hut operated
by the Appalachian Mountain Club


Galehead Hut and Campground


From the Galehead Hut you can take a short hike to Bond Cliff


List of Rivers in New Hampshire ---

Pictures of New Hampshire Rivers ---"New+Hampshire+Rivers"&lr=&as_qdr=all&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=jEYHVa67FMOigwT-7IG4Dw&ved=0CMgBELAE&biw=1024&bih=506

New Hampshire River Map (the Gale River is a tributary of the Ammonoosuc River) ---
Also see

New Hampshire Fly Fishing Guides ---


Bob Jensen's Photographs of Lake Champlain ---

Bob Jensen's Photographs of Moosehead Lake ---

Bob Jensen's Photographs of Maine ---

Bob Jensen's Photographs of Vermont ---

Lakes in New Hampshire ---

Oceans in My Life (Including My Navy Days)

More of Bob Jensen's Pictures and Stories


On May 14, 2006 I retired from Trinity University after a long and wonderful career as an accounting professor in four universities. I was generously granted "Emeritus" status by the Trustees of Trinity University. My wife and I now live in a cottage in the White Mountains of New Hampshire ---

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Our cottage was known as the Brayton Cottage in the early 1900s
Sunset Hill is a ridge overlooking with New Hampshire's White Mountains to the East
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