Wildcat Brook

Wildcat Brook,[2] also known as the Wildcat River, is a 9.05-mile-long (14.56 km)[1] stream in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, in the United States. It rises at Carter Notch in the township of Bean's Purchase in Coos County, and flows south through the town of Jackson in Carroll County to its confluence with the Ellis River near the town's southern boundary. At Jackson Falls, near the town center, the stream descends 120 feet (37 m) in 14 mile (0.4 km) over scenic granite ledges,[3] paralleled by New Hampshire Route 16B (Carter Notch Road). The surrounding area is part of the Jackson Falls Historic District.

Via the Ellis River, Wildcat Brook is part of the Saco River watershed, with its waters reaching the Atlantic Ocean near Biddeford, Maine. The entire brook, from Carter Notch to the Ellis River, is part of the designated National Wild and Scenic River System, as are its tributaries Little Wildcat Brook, Bog Brook, and Great Brook.

Wildcat Brook
Wildcat Brook, Jackson, NH by John White Allen Scott
Wildcat Brook, by John White Allen Scott
CountryUnited States
StateNew Hampshire
DistrictCarroll County
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationCarter Notch, Bean's Purchase, NH
 ⁃ coordinates44°15′32″N 71°11′40″W / 44.25889°N 71.19444°W[1]
 ⁃ elevation3,280 ft (1,000 m)
MouthEllis River
 ⁃ location
Jackson, NH
 ⁃ coordinates
44°8′32″N 71°11′9″W / 44.14222°N 71.18583°W
 ⁃ elevation
740 ft (230 m)
Length9.05 mi (14.56 km)[1]
Basin features
 ⁃ leftBog Brook, Davis Brook, Great Brook
 ⁃ rightLittle Wildcat Brook, Marsh Brook
TypeScenic, Recreational
DesignatedOctober 28, 1988

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Wildcat Brook, New Hampshire". National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Wildcat Brook
  3. ^ "Jackson, New Hampshire". U.S. Geological Survey 7.5 minute topographic map series. Mapper.acme.com. Retrieved February 22, 2017.

Coordinates: 44°8′32″N 71°11′7″W / 44.14222°N 71.18528°W

Ellis River (New Hampshire)

The Ellis River is a 16.7-mile-long (26.9 km) river in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in the United States. It is a tributary of the Saco River, which flows to the Atlantic Ocean in Maine.

The Ellis River rises on the eastern slopes of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the northeastern United States. Flowing south, it is quickly joined by the Cutler River flowing out of Tuckerman and Huntington ravines, passes over Crystal Cascade, and reaches the floor of Pinkham Notch.

The river leaves the level ground at the high point of the notch by dropping 64 feet (20 m) over Glen Ellis Falls. The falls are a short walk from Route 16, the highway through the notch. A U.S. Forest Service parking area, not far from the top of the falls, gives access to a well-maintained, hard-surfaced, short trail hugging the river to a point at the top of the falls, where there is a lookout nearly straight down into the gorge, and then the trail proceeds by a steep descent of stairs to the deep pool at the base of the falls.

The river continues south into the town of Jackson, New Hampshire, through a gradually widening valley, where it is joined by Wildcat Brook. Leaving the small intervale at Jackson village, the Ellis River drops over a hydroelectric dam at Goodrich Falls and reaches the Saco River near the village of Glen in the town of Bartlett.

New Hampshire Route 16 follows the Ellis River from the height of land in Pinkham Notch south to Glen.

Jackson, New Hampshire

Jackson is a town in Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 816 at the 2010 census. Jackson is an elegant resort area in the White Mountains. Parts of the White Mountain National Forest are in the west, north and east.

List of National Wild and Scenic Rivers

This is a list of the designated National Wild and Scenic Rivers in the United States. Some rivers may be listed more than once if they have designated sections in different states.

Initials of the managing agency follow the name of the river. Abbreviations used are:

USACE = U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

BLM = Bureau of Land Management

NPS = National Park Service

USFS = U.S. Forest Service

USFWS = U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

List of rivers of New Hampshire

This is a list of rivers and significant streams in the U.S. state of New Hampshire.

All watercourses named "River" (freshwater or tidal) are listed here, as well as other streams which are either subject to the New Hampshire Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act or are more than 10 miles (16 km) long. New Hampshire rivers and streams qualify for state shoreland protection (and are listed here in bold) if they are fourth-order or larger water bodies, based on the Strahler method of stream order classification.

Mount Doublehead

Mount Doublehead is a twin-peaked mountain in eastern New Hampshire, United States. It is located in the town of Jackson, Carroll County, in the eastern White Mountains. North Doublehead has an elevation of 3,053 feet (930.5 m) above sea level, while South Doublehead has an elevation of 2,939 ft (895.8 m).

Doublehead stands within the watershed of the Saco River, which drains into the Gulf of Maine. The eastern and southern slopes of Doublehead drain into the East Branch of the Saco River. The northwest side of Doublehead drains into Great Brook, thence into Wildcat Brook, the Ellis River, and into the Saco.

In 1934, the American composer Alan Hovhaness (1911–2000), who frequently climbed the White Mountains during his youth, wrote a composition for piano entitled Fog on Mount Double Head (Op. 1, no. 2).

South of the White Mountains, Doublehead Mountain (elevation 2,158 ft/657.8 m) is found in Sandwich, New Hampshire (also in Carroll County), in the Squam Mountains overlooking Squam Lake.

Saint Francis River (Canada–United States)

The St. Francis River (French: Rivière Saint-François) is a river roughly 75 miles (120 km) long, which forms part of the Canada–United States border. The river rises (47°44′07″N 69°17′15″W) in a lake of the same name located 12 miles (20 km) east of the Rivière du Loup in Quebec. The portion that forms the boundary starts at the bottom of Lake Pohenegamook at the very northernmost point of New England between Estcourt Station, Maine, and Estcourt, Quebec. The river along the international boundary flows south and then south-east through two deep, narrow lakes to its mouth on the Saint John River at St. Francis, Maine/Saint-François-de-Madawaska, New Brunswick.USS Bancroft (DD-256) became a Canadian ship as part of the Destroyers for Bases Agreement and was renamed after the St. Francis River to follow the Canadian tradition of naming destroyers after Canadian rivers while recognizing the shared national history of the ship.

Wallkill River

The Wallkill River, a tributary of the Hudson, drains Lake Mohawk in Sparta, New Jersey, flowing from there generally northeasterly 88.3 miles (142.1 km) to Rondout Creek in New York, just downstream of Sturgeon Pool, near Rosendale, with the combined flows reaching the Hudson at Kingston.

The river is unusual because it flows north between two major south-flowing rivers, the Hudson and the Delaware River. It also has the unusual distinction of being a river that drains into a creek, due to being impounded shortly before the Rondout confluence into a small body of water called Sturgeon Pool near Rifton, and what reaches the Rondout from there is the lesser flow.

Saco River watershed
Gulf of Maine
Long Island Sound

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