Howqua River

Running Water Creek Reserve to Lake Eildon

Easy Touring Autumn Winter Spring CLASS I CLASS II

 

Central Victoria. 30 km Mansfield

Contributed by Colin Kneebone

 

Class: I - II (p)

Season: Autumn to late Spring

Time: 3 hours

Length: 10km

Level: If the gravel races are runnable at Running Water Creek Camping Reserve you are good to go!

Shuttle: 15km gravel 2wd road

Character: Scenic river trip with some nice short grade 1 -2 rapids

Suits: Kayaks, inflatable canoes & sports rafts

This scenic section of the Howqua is has some tight bends linked with gravel races, some short grade 1 and two rapids and one weir drop located just after a private property access bridge. This access bridge is roughly half way to the finish.

Howqua River. AdventurePro Copyright 2013. All Rights Reserved.

I had to under take 6 portages 5 due to trees across the river and a sweeping long bend which was full of willow trees.

Howqua River Inflatable Canoes. AdventurePro Copyright 2013. All Rights Reserved.
Spotted along the way were a mod of kangaroos, black cockatoos, black ducks, cormorants and a wedge tailed eagle. I paddled this in December and the cicada singing in parts of the river were deafening. When you reach Camp Howqua it is not far to the Jamison Road bridge finish.

Jamieson Road Bridge. AdventurePro Copyright 2013. All Rights Reserved.

 

Lake Eildon Howqua River confluence. AdventurePro Copyright 2013. All Rights Reserved.

When Lake Eildon is close to full the Lake and River met at the bridge. A great fun trip.

Putting In: Running Water Creek Camping Reserve

Taking Out: Jamieson Woods Point Road Bridge

Camping: Running Water Creek Reserve - Parks Victoria

Entry Date: December 17, 2013

Verified Date: December 17, 2013

Verified by: Biljana Radoicic

 

Do YOU know MORE or BETTER than this?
Want to offer your own experiences / opinions on this paddle?

PLEASE ADD TO, COMMENT ON OR AMEND ANYTHING YOU'VE READ... Click Here!