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South Branch Gale River
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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
Country United States
State New Hampshire
County Grafton
Towns Franconia, Bethlehem
Physical characteristics
Main source Mount Lafayette
3,640 ft (1,110 m)
44°10′32″N 71°38′54″W / 44.17556°N 71.64833°W / 44.17556; -71.64833
River mouth Gale River
1,310 ft (400 m)
44°14′37″N 71°38′17″W / 44.24361°N 71.63806°W / 44.24361; -71.63806
Length 5.1 mi (8.2 km)
Basin features
  • Left:
    Scarface Brook
  • Right:
    Burnt Brook, Thompson Brook

The South Branch of the Gale River is a 5.1-mile-long (8.2 km) 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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