Plenty River

Canoe Tas Inc

Lower Derwent

Plenty River

Plenty Valley Road Bridge to Plenty
Distance: 5 or 7 km.
Average Grade: 11 m/km.
Peak Grade: 15 m/km.
Difficulty: Grade 2 – 3.
Paddling Time: 1-3 hours.
Entry Point: Plenty Valley Road (C610) Bridge at Feilton (Grid ref. DN 954 622).
Exit Point: The bridge at the township of Plenty near the Derwent confluence.
Water Level: No gauge available, but water at the top of the cross-member on the southern pylon of the Feilton bridge is high enough to paddle, an extra 100 mm to 300 mm is excellent. Usually flows after a "flood alert".
Tasmap: 1:100 000 Tyenna.
Shuttle: 
General Description: The Plenty is a very small and steep stream originating in the Snowy Range behind Maydena and flows parallel to the Styx River until its confluence with the Derwent about 5 km above New Norfolk. The river is only canoeable after very heavy rain and normally only if a "flood alert" has been issued for South Eastern Tasmania. The river is a series of mainly grade 2 rapids and waves, initially following the Plenty Valley Road before entering a section of sandstone gorge as the river turns north. After the gorge, the river flattens out until a weir is reached (concrete ramp) at the Salmon Ponds. Either exit at the salmon ponds 100 m further down (ask permission before commencing the trip), or continue to Plenty, being careful of overhanging trees and willows.

 
Plenty River above Feilton