Ellis River
Glen Ellis Falls on the Ellis River in Pinkham Notch
Ellis River (New Hampshire) is located in New Hampshire
Ellis River (New Hampshire)
Ellis River (New Hampshire) is located in the United States
Ellis River (New Hampshire)
CountryUnited States
StateNew Hampshire
CountiesCoos, Carroll
TownsJackson, Bartlett
Physical characteristics
SourcePinkham Notch
 • locationPinkham's Grant
 • coordinates44°15′33″N 71°15′1″W / 44.25917°N 71.25028°W / 44.25917; -71.25028
 • elevation2,018 ft (615 m)
MouthSaco River
 • location
 • coordinates
44°6′13″N 71°10′18″W / 44.10361°N 71.17167°W / 44.10361; -71.17167
 • elevation
516 ft (157 m)
Length16.0 mi (25.7 km)
Basin features
 • leftWildcat Brook
 • rightCutler River, Miles Brook, Meserve Brook, Spruce Brook

The Ellis River is a 16-mile-long (26 km)[1] 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 in a wetland at the height of land in Pinkham Notch, at the eastern base 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 Ravine.[2][3]

The river soon 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 for its entire length.

See also


  1. ^ New Hampshire GRANIT state geographic information system
  2. ^ White Mountain Guide. Appalachian Mountain Club. 2012. p. 446. Lost Pond Trail follows the east bank of Ellis River, which is soon joined from the opposite side by the larger Cutler River.
  3. ^ Federal databases show the river rising high on the eastern slopes of Mount Washington and joining the Cutler River above Crystal Cascade. "Ellis River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior.