Canoe Tas Inc


Lea River

Lea to Lake Gardiner






Distance: 2.3 km + 2.1 km on Lake Gardiner.
Average Grade: 27 m/km.
Peak Grade: 45 m/km.
Difficulty: Grade 4.
Paddling Time: 2-4 hours.
Entry Point: Follow the Cradle Mountain Rd (C132) for 17 km south of Wilmot, turn right onto Moina Rd. Follow this until you cross the Iris River and come to a locked gate, park here. To the left of the gate is vehicle track leading uphill into a forestry coup with a barbed wire gate. Follow this track to the top of the hill, turn left onto a well formed road, following this for a couple of hundred meters to where a vehicle track enters the forest on the right. Park here then carry boats down this track to the river (Grid ref: DQ 203 074).
Exit Point: Paddle back to your car.
Water Level: Visual inspection. When running clear and high enough to paddle first 200 meters.
Tasmap: 1:100 000 Forth.
Shuttle: Walk 1.5 km or drive 1.1 km and walk 400 m.

General Description: Characterised by steep bouldery rapids and drops carved from solid rock. Suitable for short river running boats. This river looks quite placid at the put in, but don’t be deceived. Pretty quickly the river narrows and enters a steeped-sided gorge. The larger drops are carved out of solid rock and combined with the steep walls of the gorge and the tannin coloured water make for a spectacular run. The largest drops are "First Drop", a clean 2 m waterfall, "Screaming Plastic Surgeons" having a total drop of 8 m with the last drop being a 4 m waterfall and "Proctologist’s Twist" being a slide followed by a 4m drop into a slot. As abruptly as it started it stops as you paddle around a corner into Lake Gairdner. Just follow the right hand bank back to your car. Difficulty increases markedly with higher water.


Beware of a number of dangerous logs stuck in the river as of January 2011. It is advisable to scout all rapids prior to paddling.

First Drop – Plastic Surgeons – Proctologists