Come and join us this Saturday for a paddling trip, and then come to 919 wines for lunch and a glass of wine by the fire.
Kayaking cost for this extended paddle is $20 for a seat in a double kayak, and $30 for a single kayak.
Lunch cost is separate and will be around $5-10 for a glass of wine and $15-20 for the meal, which will be prepared by Peter Kent of Salt and Pepper Catering, and as an added bonus – Mick Kelly will be entertaining, and there will be fire to stand next to.
We will be kayaking along Eckert Creek and the Splash, doing a one way trip. We will meet at Katarapko near the information bay at 9am, bussing to the start of the adventure, kayaking around 8.5km back to your cars, probably arriving there around 12:30. this trip will include one portage, and a shallow section. Then those who would like to join us can head to 919 – if you’re doing that you might like to put a change of dry clothes in your car, in the unlikely event that you get a bit damp.
So – where exactly are we meeting?
From Berri head towards Glossop and turn left onto Winkie Road immediately before the Berri winery. ***NOTE: Don‘t take the earlier turn onto Lower Winkie Road ***.
Follow the brown “Murray River National Park, Katarapko Creek” signs for about 10kms, into the national park (watch out for roos!)
130m after the information bay veer left onto the track signed “Campsite 1-17” It will look like it is closed off – don’t worry – you’ll be turning left just before the gates.
After 150m turn left onto a track that takes you to The Splash. This is our meeting point.
Please reply to Kym via text on 04211 676 45 if you’d like to join us for the kayaking. Don’t forget to book in for the lunch, if you’d also like to do that.
Works are currently being conducted along parts of Katarapko Creek to construct a blocking bank, regulatory structures and a better access road. It is anticipated to finish in the first half of 2020. This project is part of SARFIIP and is part of the Basin Plan, and aims to “enable the Pike and Katarapko floodplains to be sufficiently inundated with relatively modest water flows of 10,000 – 15,000 ML/day to South Australia.The same level of inundation would otherwise only occur with much higher flows of 70,000 – 80,000 ML/day.” *
What does this mean for you? Well, besides the long term benefits of improved ecology, there are short term implications while the works are in progress : Access to parts of the park, by car, are restricted. Campsites 2-17 of the Katarapko Creek Section, and the areas around them are a restricted zone, and some machinery noise can be heard in the area. A map here gives more information
If you wish to camp sooner than reaching campsite 18 – you can camp on Katarapko Island (anywhere) or Clarks Sandbar (the first 30m from the river is public land)
You can still portage around the Stone Weir (most easily done on the right when travelling downstream) however you are requested not to wander around there – simply portage and move on.
When the project is completed even more wonderful paddling trails will be available during managed inundations – stay tuned!
What else do I need to be aware of?
Flows in adjoining creeks – Eckerts, Widewaters,
The Splash will vary during this time and may occasionally become too
challenging for inexperienced paddlers – please check with us if you’re
planning a trip along them.
Vehicle access is still possible along Eckert
Creek, at the Widewaters, and on The Splash 300m past the Katarapko Section
During blocking bank construction Sawmill
Creek is closed and Jarrett Creek does not have sufficient flow for paddling.
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.
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.