Myponga Reservoir Kayak Canoe Trail

A paddle around the reservoir. The whole family can enjoy the pleasures of kayaking and canoeing in this pristine environment.



Myponga (60 km south of Adelaide)

8 km return

8 km return

Paddle Time Allow 3-4 hours

Difficulty Level

Difficulty Level


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.

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

Open daily, sunrise to sunset. 
Closed on Christmas Day, Total Fire Ban Days and for operational activity (gates will be closed).
Link to Myponga Reservoir for more information.

Start at the Crooked Straight Campground (Murtho Forest Landing ) off the Murtho road.

Trail Notes:
This trail can be done in either direction.
The trail notes below describe a clockwise direction.

Turn left at the landing and go downstream about 6.25km to Point K (GPS 34.0829 S 140.7552 E) and turn right into Nelbuck Creek.

Follow this creek for about 3.5km and you will enter a large body of water (known as Ral Ral Wide Waters) at Point G (GPS 34.0894 S 140.7304E)
Note: if camping overnight there are good camp sites to be found on the banks of Ral Ral Wide Waters.

Turn right slightly across this body of water heading in a northerly direction for about 2km to the creek entrance on the LHS. This is shown at Point R (GPS 34.0751 S 140.7185 E)

Enter this creek and you will soon pass a large pumping station on the LHS. Keep well clear of it and travel for about 1.8km avoiding both the RHS and LHS branches at this point as they lead to dead ends. Instead take the middle route and continue on your way for about a further 3.5km and Calperum Station Headquarters will be seen on the LHS.

There is a road crossing at this point. Point Q (GPS 34.0456S 140.7144E)

You can obtain camping permits here.

Travel about 5km and you will reach the Windmill Bend campground next to Windmill creek at Point F (34.0414S 140.7511E)

The next T junction is about one km further along this creek, where it enters Big Hunchee Creek at Point D ( GPS 34.0464S 140.7614E)
(Note: A RH turn here will quickly take you back to the Murray River where you will emerge only a short distance downstream from the launch point)

Take the LH turn and continue along Big Hunchee Creek.
Note there are a number of campsites along the LHS of this creek and some have toilet facilities. There is also road access to this area from Calperum Station Biosphere Reserve. This area is very popular for bird watchers.

The next intersection is about 5km further along this creek, where you will come across Little Hunchee Creek on the RHS at Point C (GPS 34.0360 S 140.8040 E). There is good camping in this area with toilet facilities.

There are two options at this point
Go left for about 4k and you will return to the Murray River at Point P (GPS 34.0269 S 140.833 E) or
Turn right into Little Hunchee Creek for about 2.5k and you will enter the Murray river at Point B (GPS 34.0442 S 140.8217 E)

From either point it is a direct paddle downstream back to your launch point. Depending on which route you take the distance will be 10km or 14km.

NOTE: On the way back The Woolshed Brewery is located on an anabranch on the LHS accessed at Point A (GPS 34.0526 S 140.8274 E)

The spectacular Heading Cliffs will also be observed on the LHS as you approach your launch site.

Trail 50

Points of Interest

Other activities to be pursued around Myponga Reservoir:
Walking and cycling
With a range of tracks on offer, explore on foot or on two wheels through a changing landscape of native bushland and plantation forests. The 3.3km loop on the southeastern side of the reservoir takes you across open plains, through forested areas and native vegetation. The unsealed trail is suitable for walking, running, and cycling.

Local places to explore around Myponga
Head to Myponga via Carrickalinga and enjoy views of the coast from the hilltop lookouts – some of the best in South Australia.
From the coast, the drive across the Myponga Reservoir’s retaining wall and through the catchment is awe-inspiring especially when the spillway is open. There is a lookout with car parking and a picnic area with magnificent views.
Access to the Myponga Reservoir is in the centre of town. In the township, there’s a good weekend craft to investigate and a thriving produce market, general stores, and a flourishing boutique brewery.
Close by you’ll find Myponga Beach, a small seaside cove with holiday houses surrounded by coastal hills, offering spectacular coastal views. The beach offers excellent swimming and diving, as well as rock and surf fishing.
The journey back to the city across the crest of the range provides a sweeping panorama of the landscape back to the Adelaide metropolitan coastline.

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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.