Little Henty

Canoe Tas Inc

West Coast

Little Henty River

Old Line Road to Little Henty Heads


Distance: 24 km.
Average Grade: 6 m/km.
Peak Grade: 10m/km for the first 5 km.
Difficulty: Grade 3-4.
Paddling Time: 5-6 hours.
Entry Point: The Little Henty Bridge on Henty Road between Zeehan and Strahan (Grid ref. CP 645 547).
Exit Point: Walk or paddle from the Heads up to Remine at Trial Harbour (Grid ref. CP 485 562), unless met at the Heads by fourwheel drive.
Water Level: Check the horizontal bracing on the bridge. If it is within 10 cm. below or 40 cm. above, the river is ok. Below that it is very rocky; above it is very big.
Tasmap: 1:100 000 Pieman.
General Description: The first 4 km are tight grade 2-3 rapids with much boulder dodging and some good drops and stoppers. After this the rlver enters a small gorge. This is almost continuous grade 3-4 water for 500-600 m. Halfway down this section the river separates. The left hand shute is a tricky grade 3-4 lead into a grade 5 drop – "Flan's Folly". There is a big boulder in the middle of the drop. It is best to portage on the right hand slde. The next major fall features an undercut rock ledge on the left. Inspection is necessary but it is usually ok to paddle. More good grade 2-3 water follows until the "Last Fall", a hard grade 4. There is a right hand lead in, then hard left over a 1.5-2 m. drop. From here to the ocean there are small grade 1-2 rapids.