About SRP

Welcome to Seven Rivers Paddling

If you are looking for the best places to paddle in NH you came to the right place. We have been paddling these waters for over 15 years and have found some great places to share with you. Places such as; paddling in Portsmouth New Hampshire and Rye New Hampshire from Odiorne Point to the back side of Newcastle Island. This Portsmouth/Rye tour starts you on crystal blue water in Little Bay and leads you to the Bald Eagles nesting on the islands behind the Wentworth By The Sea. Or head to Newmarket New Hampshire on the beautiful Lamprey River and paddle down the winding river to Great Bay. With luck we will see the Osprey flying over head. Another great trip is on the Cochecho River in Dover New Hampshire. From kingfishers, Bald Eagles, Osprey you won’t want to miss this trip.

Thanks for looking us up and we hope to paddle with you soon. please check out the link below about all of our programs.

New Hampshire Chronicle Video about Seven Rivers Paddling  

Seven Rivers Paddling Policies


Adventure Paddle Camp: Cancellations made two weeks prior to the beginning date of your child’s camp session will receive a 50% refund. No refund will be given if a cancellation is made less than two weeks prior to your child’s camp session.

Tours: Cancellations made one week prior to the scheduled tour date will receive a full refund. Cancellations made less then one week prior to the tour scheduled date will receive a 50% refund. No refund will be given if a cancellation is made within 24 hours of the scheduled tour date.


All programing has the potential to run in the rain.

Thunder Storms: Programs will be canceled, postponed, or rescheduled if there is a thunderstorm in the area of the program being offered.

Thunderstorm/Severe Rain Refund (Tour/Clinic): The first option given will be to reschedule. If rescheduling is not an option on the behalf of the participants, a 50% refund will be given.
If rescheduling is not an option on behalf of Seven Rivers Paddling a full refund will be given.

Thunderstorm/Severe Rain Refund (Adventure Paddle Camp): If one day of the camp is canceled due the weather the content of the canceled day will be covered in the following days camp and no refund or makeup day will be offered.
If two or more days are canceled due to weather a 25% refund will be given.

Paddling with Peter

Peter Sawtell, owner of Seven Rivers Paddling, began kayaking at the age of 12. He grew up exploring and paddling in seacoast New Hampshire and started an early career in education working at Live and Learn Early Learning Center in 2000. Over the course of the next 12 years, Peter worked for Live and Learn ELC becoming the afterschool program director and co-lead kindergarten teacher.

Between his work in education, Peter earned an associate’s degree in outdoor recreational leadership from Colorado Mountain College and, a bachelor’s degree in outdoor education from University of New Hampshire.

In the summer of 2003, Peter started working for Portsmouth Kayak Adventures in Portsmouth, NH, where he designed a kid’s kayak program and guided tours 7 days a week until 2006 when he went to Alaska. Peter spent two seasons working as a civilian for the United States Air Force Outdoor Adventure Program on Elmendorf Air Force Base. As the lead sea kayaking and whitewater rafting guide, Peter led single and multi-day trips, ran safety trainings, and updated the guide-training program for new and returning guides.

Returning to seacoast NH, Peter ran the Live and Learn ELC summer camp program in the summer of 2009 and in the fall was offered the position of recreation program director for the town of Rye, NH. He worked in that position for the next two years developing the afterschool program and summer camp.

In 2013, Peter returned to his love of paddling, following his dream, he created Seven Rivers Paddling.

Peter Sawtell lives in Newmarket, NH, with his beautiful wife and four young children.