Canoe Tas Inc

Lower Derwent

Plenty River

Stoney Creek Bridge to Plenty Valley Road Bridge


Distance: 14.0 km.
Average Grade: 18 m/km.
Peak Grade: 33 m/km.
Difficulty: Grade 3- 4.
Paddling Time: 2-5 hours.
Entry Point: Start at the Plenty Bridge or at the Stoney Creek Bridge (Grid ref. DN 882 545) 200 m before it.
Exit Point: Plenty Valley Road (C610) Bridge at Feilton (Grid ref. DN 954 622).
Water Level: No gauge available, but water at the top of the cross-member on the southern pylon of the Feilton bridge is high enough to paddle, an extra 100 mm to 300 mm is excellent. Usually flows after a "flood alert".
Tasmap: 1:100 000.
General Description: The Plenty is a very small and steep stream originating in the Snowy Range behind Maydena and flows parallel to the Styx River until its confluence with the Derwent about 5 km above New Norfolk. The river is only canoeable after very heavy rain and normally only if a "flood alert" has been issued for South Eastern Tasmania. As a result the trip is done infrequently. Breakdown paddles are essential. From the outset the rapids are continuous hard grade 3 standard involving highly technical paddling to follow the correct route.
Walkouts can be difficult as the river lies in a fairly deep and steep valley throughout its course although the road remains close to the left bank on the rim of the gorge. There are few major drops involving prior inspection providing that the party is competent and well prepared though logs can be problematic at some levels. There is a logging bridge 2.5 km from the Feilton, after which the river widens but good rapids continue (the last 2.5 km makes an exciting addition to the lower Plenty trip).

Upper Plenty