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Riverland Kayaking has just improved.

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Katfish Reach information sign, explaining the Eckert’s Creek Inlet Regulator

We’re pretty excited about some new developments in the paddling scene in Berri, thanks to the recently opened Inlet Regulator on Eckert’s Creek. This is part of the whole Katfish Reach project, and it means that Riverland kayaking has just improved.
The new regulator and fishway is located where Eckert’s Creek leaves the river 3km downstream of Berri. It replaces a pipe protruding through a filled-in bank. This improvement allows more water to flow through Eckert’s Creek, South Eckert’s Creek (also called Jarrett Creek) and allows the flow to be controlled to mimic the natural raising and lowering that would have occurred before the locks were built. More importantly, it allows native fish to enter the system of side creeks to breed, and will improve the health of the system.
The fish aren’t the only ones to benefit from the structure. Before the new regulator, South Eckert Creek had little or no flow for maybe 60 or 80 years. Now it’s flowing freely, making for a fascinating kayaking trail – narrow and winding with something different around every corner. The flow is faster than in the river, with some obstacles, so we would recommend it for experienced kayakers who are confident in their ability to steer a kayak accurately. If traveling downstream, the flow gives plenty of assistance so it’s not a strenuous trip.

Riverland kayaking, South Eckert's Creek

Obstacles and fast-flowing water make this an excellent Riverland kayaking trip for experienced paddlers.

We’ve already enjoyed a few outings along South Eckert’s Creek, excited to explore “new” territory. Previously South Eckert’s Creek has usually had very limited flow, sections blocked by reeds, and areas too shallow to paddle through, but now South Eckert’s Creek is a great addition to the collection of existing Riverland kayaking routes.

Riverland kayaking South Eckert's CreekRiverland kayaking - South Eckert's Creek

 

 

 

 

 

 

(We have, of course, enjoyed the whole Eckert’s Creek region during the high flows at the end of last year, and it’s novel to be able to paddle through and remember how it looked when it was significantly higher, with water over the banks and rushing everywhere. If you took part in one of our “High Flow” tours last year, I think you’d really enjoy coming and having another look)
The Berri Kayaking Group enjoyed their first outing along South Eckert Creek on Saturday, excited to explore new territory. They agreed that South Eckert Creek is a great addition to the collection of local Riverland kayaking routes.

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Berri Kayaking Group are excited that Riverland kayaking has improved with the addition of South Eckert’s Creek.

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We were really pleased to see the introduction of online bookings for Parks SA campsites (National Parks) at the start of this year.  The website –  https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/booking   includes a pdf map of the area, an image of each campsite, a brief description, including whether it is suitable for launching a kayak, the distance to the amenities (long-drop toilet), and a “book now” button.

One point that may confuse people a little is that, [click to continue…]

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Special “High Flow” Tour Series

Guided Kayak Tours on the Murray River during high flows.Kayaking through creeks which are normally dry, on a high flow guided kayak tour.

At Canoe Adventures we are SO EXCITED that the Murray River is in a period of high flows (end of 2016) and we can offer a special “High Flow” Tour Series.  The last time we saw the river with flows as high as those predicted for this November/December, was in 2011, so get ready for an awesome time of exploring places that are often inaccessible; and creeks that don’t often flow.  Feel yourself unwind as you drift over floodplains amongst the redgums. [click to continue…]

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Can I kayak if I don’t know how to swim?

Sometimes people ask us if they can still come kayaking with us if they don’t know how to swim, and we always answer  YES, provided that the considerations listed below have been attended to.  It is important to note that we are talking about kayaking in the Murray River and the side creeks in our area, which  are usually slow moving and calm, and the bank is never too far away.  (We don’t recommend ocean kayaking or white-water kayaking for non-swimmers.)

Considerations:

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