Magnitude:

19

 Abs Mag:

26

 Beisel Rating:

N/A

 Height:

20 feet

 Tallest Drop:

20 feet

 # of Drops:

1

 Type:

Plunge

 Stream:

Moosilauke Brook

 Latitude:

44.0284

 Longitude:

71.7177

 Maps:

USGS Lincoln 7 1/2"

 

Aerial Photography

 Delormes:

43 J10

 

 

 

 

Woodstock , Grafton County, NH , USA

 

No Known Alternate Names

 

 

The falls from the base

 

Details:

Agassiz Basin is a tight plunge into a very deep pool surrounded by sheer granite walls. Moosilauke Brook has cut a scenic gorge through a layer of granite bedrock, and a large boulder has wedged itself at the top of the drop. The falls are located behind the former Govoni's Italian Restaurant. The falls are only about 100 feet off the road, however, neither of the two bridges over the gorge (the lower bridge being directly above Agassiz Basin, and the upper bridge being just below the upstream waterfall, referred to as Indian Leap) are there anymore. That will curtail exploration. Scrambling down to the falls is somewhat tricky as the granite bedrock is a bit polished. Any confident scrambler with decent and gripping shoes (ie, sneakers, not street shoes) shouldn't have problems. According to a recent email, one of the bridges partially collapsed under the weight of the winter snow, so access may be compromised.

 

Geology and Bedrock Structure:

The falls and gorge cut through the Kinsman Quartz Monzonite.

 

History:

This formation is named for noted Swiss scientist Louis Agassiz, who obseved and described evidence of glacial activity which suggested the Ice Age.

 

Photography Notes:

There are many photo opportunities here. The waters have sculpted the granitic bedrock into some unusual shapes. Granitic rocks are polished by water, hence, very shiny. Glare is a big issue so a polarizing filter is indispensable. The lighting around the falls tends to be a bit uneven, so an overcast day is recommended. Also, given the cooler tones around the area, a warming filter is suggested. Mornings and late afternoons are likely the best times to shoot. You won't need any long focal lengths here, 28-80mm should cover it nicely.

 

Directions:

The falls are located behind the buiding formerly housing Govoni's Italian Restaurant. This is located about 1.7 miles from Woodstock on Route 112.