Rafting and Canoeing

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There are Clubs and activity companies who organise structured expeditions through the summer months. See ski.com.au/activities for further information on these activity companies

NSW

Rafting on the upper Murray, near Tom Groggin. This is probably the biggest drop on this section of the river.
The same drop, from front on
While the snow is melting it is possible to raft or kayak several whitewater rivers in the area. These include the Snowy River (above and below Guthega Dam), the Upper Murray, the Thredbo River and the Snowy River below Jindabyne Dam (although you have to go a fair way downstream - probably below the Jacobs River junction - before there is enough water unless you happen to catch a release from Jindabyne Dam). The season runs from October to January.

There is a nice relatively gentle run on the Thredbo River from the Gaden Trout Hatchery to Lake Jindabyne at Waste Point. This will take a couple of hours. You pass under the road to Perisher near the old Park entrance, so this is another possible put in spot or take out spot. The Thredbo River between Bullocks Flat and the Gaden Trout Hatchery apparently contains some very serious water and should only be attempted by experienced paddlers.

There is also a fun run from the top of Tom Groggin picnic area down to the bridge over the Murray to Tom Groggin Station. This is also a couple of hours. You can go further down the Murray, but there are a limited number of take out points.

There are also several sections of the Snowy that can be run.

Note: Before you attempt any of these trips you should ensure that you have carried out detailed research and that your skills are appropriate. Any river can be dangerous with high water levels, and you should seek out local advice before attempting any trip.

There are a couple of commercial organisations that run guided tours, lasting a few hours or a few days. Rafting Snowy Mountains and Rapid Descents

The lakes in the Snowy Mountains Scheme give ample opportunities for flat water canoeing or kayaking.

Mt Beauty

Flat water

  • Mt Beauty Pondage - especially nice near dusk
  • Lake Guy (canoes for hire)
  • Rocky Valley reservoir
  • Lake Hume

Rivers

  • Kiewa River, from Mt Beauty to Mongans Bridge. A short white water section downstream of Redbank rd
  • Mitta Mitta River includes white water sections.