DISCOVERY COURSE:Paddlers check out the Clarence canoe and kayak trail.
DISCOVERY COURSE:Paddlers check out the Clarence canoe and kayak trail. Courtesy of We Are Explorers.

Kayaking Clarence rivers from new trail map kit

WATER is the defining feature of the Clarence Valley and a newly released map kit will help many more people explore the Clarence, Mann and Nymboida rivers from the water.

The new Clarence canoe and kayak trail map kit includes eight sections. It begins at the junction of the Nymboida and Little Nymboida rivers and finishes 195km later at Copmanhurst on the Clarence River.

The maps show where and how to access the rivers, where to stay along the way and provides safety information about the rapids and levels of experience needed to complete particular sections.

Experienced senior canoe and kayak paddler Roger Fryer said one of the difficulties of getting to many sections of the Clarence River by road was the scarcity of available entry points, because so much of the riverbank was private land.

He said paddlers had an easier time launching craft in the upper reaches where there were national parks.

These upper stretches also include some challenging gorges and rapids which delight experienced paddlers.

Lower down there are multiple entry points to the river in and around Grafton city.

Roger said a pleasant excursion was to take your water craft to Buccarumbi, 38km from Grafton, where open paddocks offered access and camping near the Mann Rive.

"A nice two-day canoe trip is Buccarumbi to Jackadgery, which is set up for tourists with a caravan park," Roger said.

The map kit is a partnership between Department of Industry (Lands) and Clarence Valley Council.


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