Canoe Tas Inc

Central Tasmania

Ouse River

Lake Augusta to Liawenee Canal

Distance: 6 km.
Average Grade: 15 m/km.
Peak Grade: 25 m/km.
Difficulty: Grade 3.
Paddling Time: 1-2 hours.
Entry Point: Lake Augusta Dam (Grid ref. 643 671).
Exit Point: At Flying Fox near the ridge (Grid ref. 683 612) or if there isn't enough water flowing over the weir, walk across the weir and along the Liawenee canal on river left.
Water Level: 600-700 cusecs, or reading of 1.38 m at least on Liawenee guage on B.O.M website Check levels : Liawenee Intake (Daily Level)
Tasmap: 1:100 000 Meander (Land Tenure Index Series).
General Description: The Ouse is very cold, with fast continuous grade 2 rapids for first 4 km, then steepening to quite big grade 3 with some tricky drops. A good roll is a must, as a swim could be quite long . A weir at Grid ref 678 615 forms intake to Liawenee Canal, and is a compulsory portage. If there is at least 20 cm of water flowing over it, the section below can be paddled , which is still quite steep and rocky. Just before the flying fox the river threads its way through tea trees, take some care. There is a track that leads close to the Flying Fox at the exit point on river left.

Dan Hall – Below the weir