Paddling Murray River, Lakes and the Coorong
Paddling is perfect in the quiet waters of the Murray River. Paddle along the Murray River itself and experience the high drama of the ochre-coloured cliffs of Big Bend or venture into the backwaters and lagoons along its length and enjoy the natural environment and stunning birdlife. At its southern end the river enters wetland havens and culminates in the sand dunes of the Coorong. Its hard not be inspired to visit this paddlers paradise.
A loop trail starting from the Mypolonga boat ramp through a wetland trail known as Paiwalla and returning via the Murray River. The wetland was formerly a dairy farm on the floodplains of the lower Murray. The property has been purchased by the Wetland Habitats Trust and is being restored to wetland by a group of passionate volunteers interested in preserving the unique flora and fauna of this area.
This trail takes the paddler through two picturesque lagoons off the Murray River, each with abundant birdlife. There are two portages of about 250m at the northern end of each lagoon (Murbko Flat lagoon and Irwin flat lagoon) and one across a bridge at the southern end of Murbko flat lagoon with return via the river.
The trail begins at Blanchetown and goes through Cumbunga Creek to roonka conservation park. For paddlers traversing this stunning lagoon and creek, a number of “canoe trees” can be seen and there is always an abundance of birdlife on the river and in these backwaters.
After setting off from McBeans Pound north of Blanchetown, this paddle trail goes through two lagoons – Irwin flat lagoon and Donald flat lagoon. There are low bridges at both ends of Irwin Flat lagoon which may not be easily traversed if the river level is raised. Return is via the Murray River.
Beginning at Castles Landing near Blanchetown, this loop trail passes through Moorundie and Portee Creeks with a number of portages along the way and returning to the launch site upstream directly along the Murray River.
If preferred, it is also possible to complete this trail starting and finishing at the Swan Reach end.
This is a loop trail that starts at Swan Reach at the Swan Reach/ Stockwell road intersection and passes through Yacto Creek. Complete the trail by returning to your launch site, either back along the creek or along the Murray River. A more ‘Adventurous option’ is also shown here and it involves 2 easy portages – however please note that waters can be shallow in places along this route.