Baker River (New Hampshire)

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Baker River
Baker River Plymouth NH.jpg
The Baker River at U.S. Route 3 crossing in Plymouth, New Hampshire
Baker River (New Hampshire) is located in New Hampshire
Baker River (New Hampshire)
Baker River (New Hampshire) is located in the United States
Baker River (New Hampshire)
CountryUnited States
StateNew Hampshire
Physical characteristics
SourceJobildunc Ravine, Mount Moosilauke
 • locationBenton, New Hampshire
 • coordinates44°1′28″N 71°49′0″W / 44.02444°N 71.81667°W / 44.02444; -71.81667
 • elevation3,560 ft (1,090 m)
MouthPemigewasset River
 • location
Plymouth, New Hampshire
 • coordinates
43°45′49″N 71°41′10″W / 43.76361°N 71.68611°W / 43.76361; -71.68611Coordinates: 43°45′49″N 71°41′10″W / 43.76361°N 71.68611°W / 43.76361; -71.68611
 • elevation
465 ft (142 m)
Length36.4 mi (58.6 km)
Basin features
 • leftEast Branch
 • rightSouth Branch

The Baker River, or Asquamchumauke[1] (an Abenaki word meaning "salmon spawning place"),[2] is a 36.4-mile-long (58.6 km)[3] river in the White Mountains region of New Hampshire in the United States. It rises on the south side of Mount Moosilauke and runs south and east to empty into the Pemigewasset River in Plymouth. The river traverses the towns of Warren, Wentworth, and Rumney. It is part of the Merrimack River watershed.

The Baker River's name recalls Lt. Thomas Baker (1682–1753), whose company of 34 scouts from Northampton, Massachusetts, passed down the river's valley in 1712 and destroyed a Pemigewasset Indian village. Along this river on April 28, 1752, John Stark and Amos Eastman were captured by Abenaki warriors and taken to Saint-François-du-Lac, Quebec, near Montreal. John Stark's brother William Stark escaped, and David Stinson was killed during the ambush.

On the 1835 Thomas Bradford map of New Hampshire, the river is shown as "Bakers" River, originating on "Mooshillock Mtn."

Major tributaries[edit]

Tributaries greater than 5 miles (8.0 km) long, listed from upstream end to downstream end of Baker River:

A large fish hatchery is in the Baker River valley in the town of Warren.


  1. ^ "Baker River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ Huden, John C (1962). Indian place names of New England. New York: Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation. p. 33. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  3. ^ New Hampshire GRANIT state geographic information system

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