plummer creek horseshoe lagoon loop

A loop trail through the backwaters of Plummer Creek and Horseshoe Lagoon (Paringa) returning via the Murray River



Paringa (265 km from Adelaide)

11 km return

11 km return

Paddle Time Allow 3 hours



Easy – suitable for novices

  • Paddle Distance

    Approx. 11 km return . Allow 3 hours

  • Weather

    Always check weather and wind conditions before setting out.
    Visit BOM for weather conditions

  • Conditions

    Easy – suitable for novices - Protected waters – river and river backwaters
    Do the five weather safety checks

  • Facilities

    camping facilities including showers and toilets also available.

  • Parking

    Available at launch point

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.
Canoe the RiverlandCanoe the Riverland hire and deliver kayaks in this area. 835 Murtho Rd, Murtho, SA 5340 Link to waterproof Chowilla map available for purchase online

Trail 34

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

The trail starts at Canoe the Riverland located 8.35 km from Paringa on the Murtho Road.
Canoe the Riverland near Paringa (GPS 34.1117 S 140.8009 E)

Trail notes
Turn right from the launch site into Plummer Creek and paddle about one kilometre to Point A (GPS 34.1042 S 140.7972 E) and turn left into the small creek, back towards the river about 300 metres.

When you reach the river Point B (GPS 34.1049 S 140.7931 E) turn hard right into the connecting creek. Continue in this creek for 2 km to a small creek on the LHS which is the entrance to Horseshoe Lagoon Point C (GPS 34.0889S 140.7956E).

Keep left in the lagoon and travel about 2.5 km and you will re-enter the Murray River at Point D (GPS34.0962S 140.7666E).

Turn left and travel about 1 km and you will see a small creek on the LHS at Point E – Log Creek (GPS 34.1045 S 140.7653 E). Enter this short creek which provides a short cut, cutting off about 2 km of the river.

Turn left in the Murray River and travel about 3.25 km and you will be back at your launch point at Canoe the Riverland.

Secure car parking is available at the launch site, along with camping facilities including BBQ, fire pit, Kitchen (fridge and oven), power, showers, toilets and change room.
There is also limited on-site dormitory accommodation.
The moored paddle steamer Julie Fay is also available as a B&B.
Canoes and Kayaks can be hired from this site


Read this safety information page
before your paddling trip.


How to use maps and contact
Paddling Trails South Australia.

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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.