Canoe Tas Inc

West Coast

King River

Lyell Highway to Crotty

Take your scuba gear as this river has been flooded  You can still paddle the King River Gorge when the dam is spiling and there is a potential summer trip on the King from the Power Station down to Teepokana-Strahan on the power station flow.  Maybe a good DR run.

Distance: 15 km.
Average Grade: 2 m/km.
Peak Grade: 
Difficulty: Grade 2.
Paddling Time: 4 hours.
Entry Point: Lyell Highway Bridge, 5 km east of Gormanston (A10) (Grid ref. 881417).
Exit Point: At a bridge over the King on the Kelly Basin Road (Grid ref. DN 882 315).
Water Level: Any winter level.
Tasmap: 1:100 000 Franklin.
General Description: The first couple of kilometres have a lot of trees in the river. After them it is all clear going with small grade 1-2 rapids. There is one tricky rapid towards the end which consists of a narrow channel with a small stopper at the bottom. The strength of the stopper depends on water level.