Leigh – Lindsay – Frankland

Canoe Tas Inc


Leigh-Lindsay-Frankland River

Spur 10 to Frankland River Bridge
Distance: 18 km.
Average Grade: 5 m/km.
Peak Grade: 
Difficulty: Grade 2-3.
Paddling Time: 4-5 hours.
Entry Point: From Sumac Road (off Roger River Road C218) take the Forestry Road marked "Spur 10" (Grid ref. CQ 366 263). About 5 km down this road take a road, "Spur 10-1" to a point approximately Grid ref: CQ 314 275. Walk down to the river to the right of the road.
Exit Point: The Frankland River Bridge (Grid ref. CQ 217 384).
Water Level: Heavy rain needed. The Horton River could be a good guide.
Tasmap: 1:100 000 Arthur River, Nelson Bay.
General Description: The Leigh River is used as access to the Lindsay. If forestry work continues in the area south of the Leigh, then direct access to the Lindsay should be easy. The Leigh is quite small, has a number of logs across the river and is mainly small grade 2. About 2 km down on a tight left hand corner is a 3 m drop called "Wack's Waterfall". This waterfall stretches the width of the river at an angle. It can be portaged by paddling along the top to the left hand side and scouting through the bush a short distance. Start again just below the falls and take the right channel at the island below. The remainder of the trip is grade 2 with small drops. Beware of logs as there are many across both the Lindsay and Leigh. The Frankland is grade 2-3 to Balfour then flat to the finish.