South Branch Gale River

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South Branch Gale River
South Branch Gale River August 2018.jpg
The South Branch, south of the Gale River Loop Road
South Branch Gale River is located in New Hampshire
South Branch Gale River
South Branch Gale River is located in the United States
South Branch Gale River
Location
CountryUnited States
StateNew Hampshire
CountyGrafton
TownsFranconia, Bethlehem
Physical characteristics
SourceMount Lafayette
 • locationFranconia
 • coordinates44°10′32″N 71°38′54″W / 44.17556°N 71.64833°W / 44.17556; -71.64833
 • elevation3,640 ft (1,110 m)
MouthGale River
 • location
Bethlehem
 • coordinates
44°14′37″N 71°38′17″W / 44.24361°N 71.63806°W / 44.24361; -71.63806Coordinates: 44°14′37″N 71°38′17″W / 44.24361°N 71.63806°W / 44.24361; -71.63806
 • elevation
1,310 ft (400 m)
Length5.1 mi (8.2 km)
Basin features
Tributaries 
 • leftScarface Brook
 • rightBurnt Brook, Thompson Brook

The South Branch of the Gale River is a 5.1-mile-long (8.2 km)[1] river in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in the United States. Via the Gale River, it is a tributary of the Ammonoosuc River and part of the Connecticut River watershed.

The South Branch rises on the north slope of Mount Lafayette in the town of Franconia, New Hampshire, west of Garfield Ridge. It drops rapidly to the north and joins the North Branch to form the Gale River at the crossing of U.S. Route 3. The South Branch provides drinking water for the town of Bethlehem, New Hampshire.

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