South Esk

Cataract Gorge

Verified! Advanced Dam Release Five Star Classic! CLASS IV

 

Launceston.

Contributed by Daniel Harris

 

Class: IV

Season: Autumn - Spring

Gradient: Steep

Time: 2 hours

Level: Probably between 126.7 and 127.2 metres (around 127 ideal).

Shuttle: 10 mins

Character: Big volume paddling in the heart of the city!

Suits: White water boats

Second rapid is big weir, paddle down the right hand side, but on the far left.

Further down the river divides into 2. Left is a creeky, but easy section, while right is much steeper and harder.

This river can be quite intimidating, but bank scouting is easy if required. Many of the rapids are quite long, or involve multiple moves.

Big volume paddling in the heart of the city! Can be paddled at levels much higher than recommended, especially the last two rapids. However it becomes very committing, with rapids linked and extremely powerful.

Putting In: Trevallyn Dam reserve

Taking Out: Tamar River. Find a car park on river right just past the bridge.

Entry Date: 17th November 2003

 

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