Merrimack River--Stark Landing Boat Launch, Manchester

About this Location

The Stark Landing Boat Launch, operated by the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game, provides a concrete ramp, a floating dock, and parking for up to 40 vehicles with trailers. The launch is open year-round, from dawn to dusk, and is free of charge. The launch is located on the east bank of the river, near the Amoskeag Bridge and the Amoskeag Fishways. From here, boaters can explore the scenic and historic sections of the Merrimack River, such as the Amoskeag Falls, the Hooksett Dam, and the Goffstown Islands.

About Merrimack River

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The Merrimack River is a 117-mile-long river in the northeastern United States. It rises at the confluence of the Pemigewasset and Winnipesaukee rivers in Franklin, New Hampshire, flows southward into Massachusetts, and then flows northeast until it empties into the Atlantic Ocean at Newburyport. From the point where the Merrimack turns northeast in Lowell, Massachusetts onward, the Massachusetts–New Hampshire border is roughly calculated as the line three miles north of the river.


  • Roadside viewing

  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

Last updated October 21, 2023