We’re feeling keen! The Berri Kayaking Group’s 2018 2019 Season is underway.
Who are we?
Berri Kayaking Group (organized by Canoe Adventures – Riverland) is a bunch of friendly people who enjoy getting out on the water to enjoy the scenery and get a bit of casual exercise.
When do we meet?
We hold paddling trips
• weekly during term time, during daylight savings, on Tuesdays at 5:25pm, getting off the water at approximately 7pm.
• irregularly during non-daylight savings at different times on the weekend.
How fit do I need to be?
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We recently had the pleasure of meeting with Hayley Pearson and Lauren Decesare of Channel 9’s “Adelady”, to show off our beautiful waterways. They were able to capture some of the experience in film, and now you can read about it on their blog, and watch the video segment on the Adelady website. -The bit about us begins at 18:30, but the whole show is worth a watch – they also visited Scott Creeks’s winery and accommodation in Morgan, Selena Estate Winery in Loxton, and Eleni’s Restaurant at the Mallee Estate Winery, and Angoves Cellar Door, both in Renmark..
The girls were energetic and enthusiastic and the whole film crew were fun to work with and great at helping Kym to feel comfortable in front of the camera. Even though they arrived later than first planned, and missed the golden light of sunset, it was still great to be able to give them a small taste of a Sunset Kayak Tour. They came equipped with an impressive camera that we couldn’t convince them to take out in a kayak, spotlights and even a boom mic, that was impersonating a possum. As an added bonus they brought along a drone for some of the filming: something we’ve been wanting to do for ages. They have shown some of the footage on the TV show, and we’re really looking forward to also seeing some of the aerial shots that didn’t make it on to the show.
We think they’ve presented us rather well, and are very thankful for the opportunity to show off what we do!
Adelady enjoying a Guided Kayak Tour with Canoe Adventures – Riverland
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.
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.
(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 recently, excited to explore new territory. They agreed that South Eckert Creek is a great addition to the collection of local Riverland kayaking routes.
Berri Kayaking Group are excited that Riverland kayaking has improved with the addition of South Eckert’s Creek.
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.
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