encounter lakes paddle trail

A short paddle around Encounter Lakes. This fully enclosed waterway is surrounded by houses and ideal for novice paddlers. The launch point is from a sandy beach adjacent to a grassed area and toilets with a welcoming café nearby.

Fleurieu Peninsula

Fleurieu Peninsula

Victor Harbor (84km from Adelaide)

6km loop

6km loop

Paddle Time Allow 2 hours



Easy – suitable for novices

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Paddle SA is the governing body of paddle sport and recreation in South Australia. It leads and supports paddling in South Australia and encourages the safe exploration of our waterways. Paddling Trail South Australia has a range of Paddling Trails to suit different abilities. Know your ability.

Trail 31

Paddling Trails South Australia Avenza mapsIf you have a smartphone or tablet you can download the free Avenza PDF Map app and have interactive paddling trail maps on hand when you need them. The app uses your device’s built-in GPS to plot your real-time location within the park onto a map. The app can be used without a network connection and without roaming charges. You can also measure area and distance, plot photos, and drop Placemark pins.

Trail Information

CM Thorpe Reserve (GPS 35.5642S 138.6045E) 

This is a pleasant paddle in quiet waters ideal for novices.

The lakes are surrounded by housing, but there are a number of public access points around the lakes, however, the best for launching canoes and kayaks is the CM Thorpe Reserve which has lawns and toilets and a sandy beach to launch from.

Note: The local paddling club runs a handicap race on the first Saturday of every month. All comers welcome.

picnicParkingCafeParkToiletsWalking trails
Toilets and picnic area at the reserve (launch site)
Full facilities in Victor Harbor

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Paddling Trail South Australia has a range of Paddling Trails to suit different abilities.

Know your ability

These are easy to access kayak and canoe trails through the Adelaide, Fleurieu Peninsula, Riverland, Murray River, and the Coorong.