Canoe Tas Inc


Rapid River

Tayatea Coup to Rapid River Road
Distance: 12.0 km.
Average Grade: 8 m/km.
Peak Grade: 
Difficulty: 2-3-4, depending on water level
Paddling Time: 2-3 hours.
Entry Point: (E:346000, N:5440000) Turn left at the Kanunnah Bridge on the Arthur going past the Julius River Reserve and turn left onto the Rapid River Road. Go along for about 20 min and take the Tayatea Road right. Turn down Tayatea 16 (immediately after Tayatea 15) about 20 min on. Walk from car along rough track taking left shoulder off main track and then lower, scramble down steep ridge and keep a small creek just on the right to the river.
Exit Point: (E:340500, N:5442200) Either the Tayatea Bridge on the Rapid River Road.
Water Level:  When cross bridge on Rapid River, if water level is up to bridge only very experienced paddlers should attempt the river at this level. Can be paddled at low water.
Tasmap: 1:100 000 Arthur River.
General Description: The river starts quite narrowly on grade 2 sections before steepening into various rock gardens and 1-2 m drops. There are a couple of larger drops before the river flattens out again before the Bridge. At low levels the rapids consist mainly of drop/pool. At high levels this river should only be tackled by experienced paddlers, as it is a very remote and committing trip. Walkouts are not recommended, but should be attempted on river right for the first 8 km and thereafter along river right to the bridge.