If 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.
Loxton Riverfront Reserve / Caravan Park GPS: 34.4474 S; 140.5486 E
The trail starts at Loxton Riverfront Reserve where the “Tree of Knowledge” is located. This tree has marking showing the high flood levels for the past 50 years.
Proceed left and head downstream for about 5.5km to the entrance to Katarapko Creek at Point A (GPS: 34.4469 S; 140.5083 E).
Proceed along the creek for about 13.5K to Point B (GPS: 34.3597 S; 140.5404 E). The creek is part of the Murray River National Park.
Camping is available all along the creek but individual sites need to be booked beforehand over the internet using the link to the Murray River National Park.
Note: Free camping is available along the Murray River (The first 30 metres from the water’s edge is crown land except for some areas near towns) and there are a number of excellent sandbars for camping along the northern parts of the river, once you leave Katarapko creek.
At Point B (GPS: 34.3597 S; 140.5404 E) the creek divides into two.
The left-hand branch is known as the “Splash”. There is a regulator/weir on this waterway at this point. Instead, take the RH stream for about 3k and you will reach the “Stone Weir”.
There is often a strong flow over this weir.
An easy portage can be taken around this structure along the LHS from the downstream side. 600 meters past the “Stone weir” the creek enters the Murray River. Point C (GPS 34.3505 S 140.5511S).
From here paddlers will find it is an uncomplicated 26km downstream paddle back to the Launch point at Loxton.
Toilets and picnic area at the Loxton Riverfront Reserve (launch site) Full facilities at the adjacent Holiday/Caravan Park
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Plans to proceed with the environmental watering at key Riverland floodplains at Chowilla, Pike, and Katarapko along with weir pool raising at Locks 6, 5, 4, and 2 is intended to commence within the next week or two and will continue through to November or December 2021.
Katarapko Floodplain / Lock 4
The planned watering at the Katarapko will raise water levels in the floodplain creeks by up to 3 metres but if flow conditions continue to improve this could be further increased to around 3.2 metres above normal. Lock 4 Weir pool levels will be raised by 30 centimetres above the normal pool level.
If you would like more information on the Katarapko Floodplain please visit the following website: www.environment.sa.gov.au/katarapko-floodplain
The Department will monitor how the vegetation and wildlife on the floodplains respond during the watering. Water quality will also be closely monitored at each site and in the River Murray during the events and will adapt the operations if required. Monitoring stations are set up within the associated creek systems and the River Murray to capture real time water information. This real time water information is accessible via the Water Data SA web-portal at https://water.data.sa.gov.au/
To keep up to date with how the environmental watering progresses you can check the SA River Murray Flow Reports. You can subscribe to receive them by email by visiting SA River Murray Flow Report Subscription.