Gale River
The Gale River in Franconia, New Hampshire, December 2007. In the distance are Mount Garfield and Mount Lafayette of the White Mountains.
Gale River
Gale River
CountryUnited States
StateNew Hampshire
TownsBethelhem, Franconia, Sugar Hill, Lisbon
Physical characteristics
SourceConfluence of North and South branches
 • locationWhite Mountain National Forest
 • coordinates44°14′37″N 71°38′17″W / 44.24361°N 71.63806°W / 44.24361; -71.63806
 • elevation1,310 ft (400 m)
MouthAmmonoosuc River
 • location
 • coordinates
44°15′23″N 71°49′53″W / 44.25639°N 71.83139°W / 44.25639; -71.83139Coordinates: 44°15′23″N 71°49′53″W / 44.25639°N 71.83139°W / 44.25639; -71.83139
 • elevation
645 ft (197 m)
Length13.1 mi (21.1 km)
Basin features
 • leftMeadow Brook, Ham Branch, Bowen Brook
 • rightBeaver Brook, Wiseman Brook, Indian Brook

The Gale River is a 13.1-mile-long (21.1 km)[1] 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.[2]

The 1816 State map of New Hampshire calls the Gale River the "South Branch of the Ammonoosuck River".[3]

See also


  1. ^ New Hampshire GRANIT state geographic information system
  2. ^ DeLorme (1999). New Hampshire Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. ISBN 0-89933-242-0
  3. ^ Philip Carrigain, "New Hampshire by Recent Survey made under the Supreme Authority and Published According to Law by Philip Carrigain, Counselor at Law and Late Secretary of the State”; Carrigain, Philip, 1816.