Distance: 9.0 km.
|Average Grade: 7 m/km|
|Peak Grade: 15 m/km|
|Difficulty: Grade 3.|
|Paddling Time: 2-4 hours.|
|Entry Point: The first bridge on Esperance River Road (Grid ref. DN 928 058).|
|Exit Point: The Huon Highway (A6) bridge at Raminea (Grid ref. DN 975 023).|
Water Level: The river needs recent local rain to run. Check on the DPIPWE Water Information System Tas (WIST) website – http://water.dpiw.tas.gov.au/wist/ Look for to "Huon Catchment, Esperance at Dover Water Supply Intake."
25 cumecs is low/medium height but probably a good introductory level for people stepping up from the Picton. 45 cumecs is a high level trip – lots of fun wave trains and some OK surfing to be done.
|Tasmap: 1:100 000 Huon (Land Tenure Index Series).|
|General Description: The river is similar to the Picton but a step up in difficulty. There are some well defined rocky drops which are grade 4 at high water. The first big rapid, about 1/2 way, is obvious from above. Start right but head left past river centre to avoid a well hidden pour-over and recirculating stopper which like to claim victims. Next big rapid is Isa’s Staircase – at 45 cumecs this builds to a chunky hard grade 3 to easy grade 4 rapid with some recirculating stoppers that can cause some swims. Start hard left and then head right above the tree covered island in the middle and then feel your way down. From here to the finish are a couple of continuous grade 2-3 rapids until the pumping station on the right. The river is virtually flat from here to the finish.|
Carl Mason – Isas Staircase