Canoe Tas Inc

Lower Derwent

Russell River

Russell Road top bridge to bottom bridge




Distance: 7.0 km.
Average Grade: 32 m/km.
Peak Grade: 67 m/km.
Difficulty: Grade 4.
Paddling Time: 6-7 hours.
Entry Point: Top bridge on Russell Road after junction of Russell Road and North Russell Road (Grid ref. DN 779 500). From Judbury take the Russell Road north west.
Exit Point: The Russell Road Bridge (Grid ref. DN 825 454).
Water Level: There is no gauge on the river. All the rocks must be covered at the start.
Tasmap: 1:100 000 Tyenna.
General Description: This section should only be attempted by the very experienced. It is very steep and very tight in sections. The river is choked with logs. There are several large log jams, their presence indicated by long flat pools. Any walkout should be from the left river bank, vegetation is very thick.