Canoe Tas Inc

Mersey-Forth

Don River

Bott Gorge

steep
Distance: 1.0 km. Average Grade: 50 m/km Peak Grade: 50 m/km Difficulty: Grade 4. Paddling Time: 1 hour. Entry Point:  Putting In : Drive south from Devonport towards Sheffield – just before crossing the Don River, you’ll cross a small creek with a white rail bridge called coal creek. Get in there or keep on going to the Don and paddle a bit more flat water. Exit Point: Head from Devonport towards Sheffield. Just after leaving Spreyton turn right towards Eugenana then take the first left (Busters Road). Takeout is the bridge over the river about 1/2 km from turn off. Water Level: No gauge available, but near flood level is required. Should be about 5 foot of room between water and bottom of bridge. Tasmap: 1:100 000 Forth. Shuttle:  General Description: Awesome little trip, very close to Devonport. Needs heavy rain. First up you have a grade 3, then the major rapid, which is Big Dog, difficult approach with a very technical move to land on a big drop (grade 5). Next major rapid is Little Dog, which is a straight forward grade 4. There are two other, much easier grade 4 rapids and three or four grade 3’s. Then a couple of kilometres of flat water to get out. Don’t drink the water! River has only been run twice, but it is very worthwhile. If you hurry you might still get a first descent on Big Dog. The portage for Big Dog is around the right at water level, need to wade at one point, use paddle to check depth.