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Canoeing at Barmah National Park

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Location: Boating and canoeing

People canoeing on the Murray

4 weeks ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Boating and canoeing

People canoeing on the Murray

4 weeks ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Boating and canoeing

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Imagine the peace and tranquility of paddling around the waters of Barmah National Park. From the flowing Murray River, the secluded creeks or Barmah Lake, there's so much to discover. These Ramsar-listed wetlands are a haven for waterbirds and great for fishing, you’ll experience the incredible wildlife and bushland from a whole new perspective.

To help you find your way, four new canoe trails suitable for adults and children over 10 years have been developed. The best time for canoeing these trails is September to April. Anyone considering visiting the canoe trails will need to be able to swim, and have a medium level of fitness.

All four canoe trails at Barmah National Park have easy water access:

  1. Picnic Point to Barmah Lakes day visitor area (17.4km, one-way, 3 hours 30 minutes)
    Push off from Picnic Point and follow the might Murray downstream through the mouth of Barmah Lake. Stop by Swifts campground for a picnic.
    Map: Picnic Point to Barmah Lakes day visitor area (664.3KB pdf)

  2. Barmah Lakes day visitor area to Rices Bridge (2.74km, return, 30 minutes).
    Paddle downstream to explore Broken Creek and Rices Bridge, before returning the same way.
    Map: Barmah Lakes day visitor area to Rices Bridge and Barmah Lake loops (523.7KB pdf) 

  3. Barmah Lakes day visitor area to Barmah Lake (5.3km, loop, 1 hour 20 minutes).
    Head upstream into Barmah Lake for a short loop. A longer loop leads to the lake’s upper reaches, thick with reeds.
    Map: Barmah Lakes day visitor area to Rices Bridge and Barmah Lake loops (523.7KB pdf) 

  4. Barmah Lakes day visitor area to Barmah (11.08km, one-way, 2 hours 15 minutes). 
    Feel the breeze on your face as you canoe downstream to the town of Barmah.
    Map: Barmah Lakes day visitor area to Barmah (629.9KB pdf).

Further information

  • These activities are graded Grade I river (Easy).
  • It’s a good idea to check Murray River water levels and flow rates before you set out, as these can affect your paddling time. The Murray River is safe and best to paddle when water levels are between 1.4m-2.4m; the river becomes too shallow below 1.2m; water levels above 2.7m are considered dangerous. Barmah Lake is safe and best to paddle when water levels are between 2.2m-2.8m; the lake becomes too shallow below 1.9m; water levels above 3m are considered dangerous.
  • You can bring your own canoe or kayak. Hire and shuttle services are also available – go to Visit the Murray for more information.
  • The maps have also been loaded to the Avenza app map store, find the park maps by searching ‘NPWS’ in the store. The free Avenza Maps app allows you to download interactive maps for use on your smartphone or tablet and uses built-in GPS in your smartphone or tablet device to plot your real-time location within the park onto a park map. The app can be used without a network connection. 

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