Ouse river

Canoe Tas Inc

Central Tasmania

Ouse River

Marlborough Highway to Waddamana

Distance: 20 km.
Average Grade: 21 m/km.
Peak Grade: 40 m/km.
Difficulty: Grade 4.
Paddling Time: 6 hours.
Entry Point: At the Ouse River bridge on the Marlborough Highway (Grid ref. 705 512), west of Miena.
Exit Point: At the disused Waddamana Power Station (Grid ref. 787 360).
Water Level: Has been done at 2 m at least on Ashton gauge on B.O.M website Check levels : Ashton (Daily Level)
Tasmap: 1:100 000 Meander and Shannon (Land Tenure Index Series).
General Description: The Ouse is very cold, with the dificulty of the first 2 km to Monpeelyata weir starting at grade 1 and increasing to 3+ just before the weir pondage, at the Deep Creek confluence. A 7+ m weir at Grid ref: 700 487 forms intake to Monpeelyata Canal, and is a compulsory portage. After the weir, 18 km of paddling remains with difficulty building from pool-drop grade 3 to continuous grade 3-4 rapids in the final gorge before the take-out. This is a classic section of river that rarely flows due to the Liawenee and Monpeelyata weirs diverting all normal river flows.