Snowy River

Guthega Dam to Munyang Creek (Power Station)

Unverified! Steep Creek Advanced Spring CLASS IV CLASS V

 

Snowy Mountains. 20km West of Jindabyne.

Contributed by Johannes Hendriks

 

Class: IV+ (V)

Season: Spring

Gradient: 50m/km +

Time: 7 hours

Length: 7 km

Level: Slightly spilling over Guthega dam

Shuttle: 1 hour return

Character: Steep continuous boulder garden

Suits: Creek boats

This is an absolutely fantastic section of whitewater, with almost no flat water the entire way.

Snowy River - Guthega Dam to Munyang Creek (Power Station). Copyright Johannes Hendriks 2015. All rights reserved.

The rapids are mostly long, continuous, big grade 4/4+.

Many of the rapids can be boat scouted but care is needed and some will require scouting from the river bank and/or portaging.

Snowy River - Guthega Dam to Munyang Creek (Power Station). Copyright Johannes Hendriks 2015. All rights reserved.

There are way too many rapids to attempt to describe the lines, and any group paddling it should be confident finding their own way down grade 4.

Snowy River - Guthega Dam to Munyang Creek (Power Station). Copyright Johannes Hendriks 2015. All rights reserved.

The is one compulsory portage part way down, a rather burly grade 4+ is followed by a short pool ending in a manky sieve/waterfall that is definitely not runable, the rapid before it could be run but setting up safety before it is definitely recommended.

Snowy River - Guthega Dam to Munyang Creek (Power Station). Copyright Johannes Hendriks 2015. All rights reserved.

Although only a short section, the continuous nature of the rapids and large number that need scouting make this a long trip. Go with a small group of experienced paddlers and give yourself plenty of daylight.

Below is a short video of our recent trip down this section... It by no means shows all the good rapids!

Putting In: Dirt track down to river below Guthega dam

Taking Out: Munyang power station / confluence with Munyang Creek (Off Guthega Road)

Camping: Island Bend

Entry Date: 6 November 2015

 

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