With the Mitta Gorge being one of the premier sections of whitewater in the state, this section of the Mitta tends to get over looked. While containing no major rapids to speak of and while being quite overgrown in sections by willows this section does make a nice journey for novices in a lovely area.
The hardest rapid of the trip is only about 3km from the start, take the right channel around the obvious island. From here on the rapids are often ledge style with bedrock showing through. While willows do play a part in the section down to Taylors Crossing soon after leaving the crossing the influence of the lake is felt.
From Taylors down is quite interesting because if you manage to catch it when the lake is low there are some quite fun and interesting rapids with very clear banks and no influence from trees.
When the lake is at about 40% the lake doesn’t begin right till the Gibbo junction so some very fun paddling is to be had. When the lake is even lower, which has only been once since it was built, you can even paddle the big old rapids that were found after the Gibbo junction. A very old reports put the 3 rapids at class IV , V & VI, while unlikely to be that hard, they were said to be the hardest rapids in Victoria..
Lake levels can easily be obtained in most of the newspaper or by ringing the Dartmouth Dam Keeper direct.
comments: re: hinomunjie to taylors crossing
paddled below taylors crossing starting at the gibbo junction. Rapids were fun, III - III+, with a bigger feel [hinomunjie gauge @ 1.0m] than you normally get on the mitta [think sharks tooth rapid]. Dam was at 34% which was almost too high.