Canoe Tas Inc
Reids Road Bridge to Binnalong Bay Road Bridge
Distance: 8 km.
|Average Grade: 8 m/km.|
|Difficulty: Grade 2/3. Gr 4 in high water.|
|Paddling Time: 3-4 hours.|
|Entry Point: Reids Road Bridge (Grid ref. FQ 018 281). 4 km west of St. Helens. This avoids the log jams and flat water below the "Priory" Bridge (Grid ref. FQ 004 302).|
|Exit Point: The Binnalong Bay Road Bridge (Grid ref. FQ 057 255).|
|Water Level: The river flows well only after a lot of heavy rain in the Pyengana area. Minimum ~ 2.1m, ideal ~2.5m on the BOM site|
|Tasmap: 1:100 000 Georges Bay.|
|General Description: Shortly after the start the river enters a small gorge which is pleasant grade 2. The river splits in two further on. The right is a fast shoot which empties into a basin with a 1.5 m fall which should be scouted. The left is shingle rapids and this route is willow choked. The scenery is pleasant and there are many grade 2-3 rapids before the most exciting rapid on the trip. A portage of the first fall may be necessary if the water is low and if there is enough water it may be a good grade 4, the total drop being about 6 m The rapids continue being enjoyable until another grade 3 which may be unpaddleable if there is insufficient water. The rapid consists of a 2 m drop in two stages very close together. The remainder of the river is grade 2 shingle rapids, and 2.5 km of flat water and willows to the Binnalong Bay Road Bridge at George’s Bay.|
Begining of the main fall.