John Bryant River Access, Fishing and Water Sports

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Darrah Pond, Wood Hawk Way, Litchfield NH
Darrah Pond

Litchfield has several locations with water access. The Merrimack River runs along our western border, Darrah Pond, Nesenkeag Brook, streams and other small landlocked ponds.

John Bryant River Access

John Bryant River Access is located at 296 Charles Bancroft Highway.
John Bryant River Access 296 Charles Bancroft Highway

John Bryant River Access is located at 296 Charles Bancroft Highway. This recreation area is available to Litchfield residents and their guests. This area provides access to the Merrimack River for canoeing, kayaking, fishing, bird watching and great river views. Parking is available on-site and there is a solid surface walking path down to the water’s edge.

Created by volunteer labor and generous donations of time and materials from several local businesses.

The river access was dedicated in the name of John Bryant, who played a huge role in Litchfield recreation and helped make the river access a reality.  Not only a reality but a beautiful, tranquil place where town residents can make friends with the Merrimack River and nature.

John's family and loved ones during the dedication ceremony.
Members of John’s family at the dedication ceremony.

Litchfield Recreation Commission Annual Fishing Derby

The recreation commission is working on re-instituting the kids fishing derby. This event provides Litchfield’s young trout anglers a chance to try and “match the hatch” or simply dunk a worm or toss a spinner to hungry trout. Future plans are to stock the brook with 3 different size rainbow and brook trout. Prizes will be awarded to the biggest and smallest for each specie. We work with a local fish hatchery and stock the brook prior to the event. The fishing derby is usually held at the beginning of May. For more information on New Hampshire’s trout fishing please visit

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NH Trout Stocking

Each year the New Hampshire Fish and Game stock Nesenkeag brook. However, in response to the Granite State’s COVID-19 public health emergency, NH F&G will not be posting weekly Fish Stocking Report online until further notice to help prevent groups of anglers from congregating in localized areas. We appreciate your patience.

For more information on Fishing in New Hampshire please visit the official NH Fish and Game site:

Rule changes governing the harvest of striped bass and bluefish went into effect on January 30, 2020. For a comprehensive list of rules applying to striped bass and bluefish fishing visit

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