Canoe Tas Inc

Central Tasmania

Derwent River

Wayatinah to Catagunya


high volume

Distance: 7 km.
Average Grade: 10 m/km.
Peak Grade: 30 m/km.
Difficulty: Grade 2-4.
Paddling Time: 1 hour.
Entry Point: Below "Suicide Falls" spillway at the end of Wayatinah Lagoon (Grid ref. DP 583 054). Take the road past the Liapootah Power Station (off A13) cross the Derwent and turn left immediately after the bridge.
Exit Point: Lake Catagunya boat ramp (Grid ref. DP 617 024).
Water Level: 1200-13000 cusecs. Check levels : Wayatinah (Spilling)
Tasmap: 1:100 000 Nive; 1:100 000 Shannon.
General Description: The river flows infrequently, but is a good trip if there is sufficient water. This section can be paddled in conjunction with the Butler's Gorge section or the Nive.The river has been paddled up to about 13000 cusecs but could be paddled at higher levels. At high water (above 5000 cusecs) the river consists of many large standing waves and one large stopper of note on the right hand side of the first rapid. The last rapid can be inspected from the left bank or the island in the middle of the river at low water. The last 2 km is on Lake Catagunya.

  Suicide Falls
                     Suicide Falls