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.
Launch point is next to the locked bridge over Monoman Creek (GPS: 33.9623 S; 140.8732 E)
To reach this site, turn right into the National Park entrance 48 km north of Renmark travelling on the Wentworth Road. This turn off is at GPS: 33.9520 S; 140.8497 E. The launch point is at the bridge approx 2 km along this track.
There is a locked bridge at the launch site preventing vehicles from driving onto Monoman Island. Launching of craft can be done anywhere near this bridge.
The trail can be completed in either direction. This description of the trail runs in a clockwise direction
Start at the bridge and head north for about 4km where you will reach the junction with Chowilla Creek at Point D GPS 33.9532 s 140.8987 E.
Turn right into Chowilla Creek.
Paddle about 1.8km and you will pass the entrance to Boat Creek on the LHS at Point C (GPS 33.9605 S 140.8946 E).
The next landmark is a bridge across the creek about 2km further on from Boat Creek.
Continue on your journey for a further 3km and you will reach the junction of Monoman Creek with Chowilla Creek at Point B (GPS 33.9814 S; 140.8624 E).
Turn right here into the creek. Your starting point will be about 4-5 km ahead.
Parking at launch point is next to the locked bridge over Monoman Creek (GPS: 33.9623 S; 140.8732 E)
Chowilla Game Reserve
Chowilla Game Reserve is an integral part of the Riverland biosphere reserve comprising 18,000 hectares of flood plains and wetlands. It is recognised as a Riverland wetland of international importance declared under the Ramscar convention.
When canoeing or kayaking in this area great stands of majestic river red gums and hardy black box will be seen. These provide a habitat for the wide range of birdlife. These are great opportunities for secluded bush camping in this area.
Note: You will be able to get away from the pressures of daily life here because there is limited phone reception in the game reserve
See National Parks SA website for information.
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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.
Chowilla Floodplain / Lock 6
A low to mid-level floodplain watering which would raise water levels in the floodplain creeks by up to between 2.6 and 3.3 metres above normal levels is planned, along with raising of the Lock 6 weir pool by up to 42 centimetres above normal pool level. Plans to operate the infrastructure on the Chowilla floodplain will depend on River Murray flow conditions.
If you would like more information on the Chowilla 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.