Mersey

Canoe Tas Inc

Mersey-Forth

Mersey River

Kelly’s Cage Rd Bridge to Dynans Bridge and to Kimberly
Distance: 9 km (trip option 1) or 13 km (trip option 2)  or full trip – 22kms
Average Grade: 3m/km.
Peak Grade: 8m/km
Difficulty: Grade 2 – 3+
Paddling Time: 
Entry Point: Kelly’s Cage Bridge, Kelly’s Cage Road (Formerly known as Rogers Bridge)   off Dynans Bridge Road near Weegena (Grid ref. 560 079).
Exit Point: Either exit at Dynans Bridge (C153) (9kms) or continue to Railton Road Bridge (B13) at Kimberly. Exit on river left 500m above the Bridge off the Bridle Track (C156) (Grid ref. 573 169) – (22kms)
Water Level: 1.1 or above on the Kimberley BOM gauge.
Tasmap: 1:100 000 Forth.
Shuttle: 15 minutes via Dynan’s Rd (C159), Weegena Rd (C160) and Railton Rd (B13)
General Description: This is a lovely and under-used section of river which provides for two separate shorter trips or one longer trip for those wanting a full day out. It can almost be paddled on the environmental flow released from Lake Parangana, although this would be very scratchy, so recent local rain to take the river above 1.1 or 1.2m at Kimberley (BOM Gauge) would make it more enjoyable.
The top section provides excellent canoeing  for those who want to improve basic white water skills and is through lovely scenery. It is mainly shingle rapids and small waves but reasonable boat control is needed for the twisting nature of the river and occasional minor willow chokes. There is one beautiful calm reach through a small limestone gorge above Dynan’s Bridge (the exit point for the upper trip).
About 1km below Dynan’s Bridge there is an excellent lunch spot with picnic benches on a bend at the end of a long paddock – river right. The only rapid of note – the Roaring Maggie is shortly after this – about 2 km below Dynans Bridge. It is recognised by the overhead power lines and varies from a rocky, easy grade 3 rapid at low levels to potentially a grade 4 rapid at high water. Inspection is on the left bank. Portage if necessary either over rocks on the left or through the farmland at higher water levels.
The river continues through small rapids and long, calm pools and alternating farmland and forest. The trip provides excellent Platypus spotting for those at the front of the paddling group – six sightings on one trip!
Updated: 1 Nov 2018