Class: II (p)
Time: 3 hours
Level: Minimum - 0.7 Maximum - 1 m @ Mongans Bridge
Gauge: Mongans Bridge
Shuttle: 8.5km on sealed roads, 9 mins, Kiewa Valley Highway
Character: Shallow mountain river flowing through cleared dairy farmland, fairly choked / snagged with willows
Suits: Kayaks & canoes. We completed it in an Australis Bushranger C2
This section of river is very beautiful, is very cold in terms of water temperature in any season but summer, is extremely choked with willows and is absolutely teaming with trout.
Definitely worth a paddle although there are not many interesting rapids and in a few cases the willows prevent anyone but the foolish from running a couple of the rapids. In higher water the willows would make for a dangerous trip, at recommended levels portages are present and most of the rapids are runnable with a few being a little scratchy.
It is nice to paddle a rural alpine river for a change. The water is fast moving in most sections and the paddling and rapids are of a grade 2 standard with nothing particularly notable. There are a couple of particularly troublesome willows in this section. This section of river needs serious clearing.
The Kiewa River at Mongans Bridge river height gauge is located off the Redbank-Mongans Road, not at Mongans bridge but around 500 m 1 or 2 km upstream on the river right, down a gated track and then down some stairs on the river bank, it is hard to find, however the gauge information seems to now be available on the BOM River Height Bulletin webpage, a recent addition, and is also available daily in the Border Mail local newspaper.
Canoe-able conditions seem to present year round with the hydro-electric flows providing sufficient levels midweek, particularly in the AM peak hours early in the week and in winter owing to snow melt.
Putting In: Adjacent to the bridge on Ryders Lane / Mountain Creek Road, adjacent to the Tawonga Caravan Park, there is parking across the road.
Taking Out: Just downstream of the Redbank-Mongans Bridge on the river at a beach above a rapid.
Camping: No free camping at the Put in, no camping at the take out. There is camping in the area.
Entry Date: May 17, 2013
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