Suitable for proficient paddlers during sufficient run off June to November. Lower summer levels provide deep pools with shallow sections between, ideal for novice and family. River is grade 1 except for Island Pool and Baden Powel Water Spout. High water levels increase hazards significantly. Kilometer marks taken from mouth of the river at the Peel Inlet.
The Murray River south of Perth rates with the Swan/ Avon system in terms of annual discharge. The Murray commences at the conference of the Hotham and Williams Rivers. Both of these rivers are fed from the now mostly cleared inland farm areas. The Murray now commences its flow to the Peel Inlet initially through the beautiful Murray River Valley joined by forest feeder streams. Past Nanga Bridge the river tumbles over the Scarp before meandering through the Pinjarra Plains to its final destination. Swimming is ideal during the warmer months with picnic groups often taking advantage of the cooler river environment.
Yarragil to Nanga Bridge
Commonly referred to as the upper Murray this section is very popular with boaters and apart from high water events is suitable for novices with the exception of Island Pool rapid and Baden Powell Water Spout. While good gravel roads provide access to both sides of the river canoeists will find noise and dust is filtered via the forest resulting in a surprisingly tranquil experience given the popularity of the area. The distance of 11.5 kms to Nanga Bridge is often shortened by the more popular finish at Baden Powell day use area with it's easier parking and picnic facilities.
• Do not underestimate a water environment at any time of year or river height.
• Equipment should be in good condition, fitted with adequate buoyancy.
• Ensure paddles are in good repair.
• Water sport helmets are recommended for moving water. In summer hats are essential to prevent heat related injury.
• Equipment should be stowed securely or loose in the boat. Avoid the temptation to tie equipment in with loose ropes. They can be hazardous and cause entrapment.
• Always wear PPE (personnel protective equipment). A buoyancy vest is essential. Secure light weight footwear is recommended. Protective wear is essential from cold or heat.
• Always let someone else know your plans and expected arrival time.
• Never canoe alone.
• In the event of a capsize stay on the upstream side of the boat, look after self first, then others and equipment last. If swept into a rapid swim feet first on your back keeping your feet on the water surface. Do not place your feet down in moving water.