Recreational Paddling is a broad term which encompasses a number of different styles of paddling. Canoe SA is active in helping paddlers become more active by linking them with clubs and holding regular educational activities for the public.
If you are interested in recreational canoeing and kayaking, information about activities can be obtained by visiting the current events calendar, or by contacting Canoe SA. ph 8240 3294
Joining a club is a great way to explore the waterwater of SA. Club trips are run by experienced paddlers who know the dangers and the secrets of an area.
Adelaide Canoe Club
Secretary: Peter Carter
Ph: 8443 4298
Adelaide Canoe Club runs many recreational activities for its members and those interested in having a go at canoeing and kayaking. For the dates of Adelaide Canoe Clubs activities, visit the newly developed Adelaide Canoe Club website...
Encounter Paddling Inc
President: Marc Brehin
Phone: 0418 812 142
Encounter Paddling currently operates from the
Paddling In SA
close to Adelaide, West Lakes is popular for training—it’s also the venue for flatwater regattas. South of the city is the Onkaparinga River, between Old Noarlunga and the sea.
For real inland touring, the Murray is the best (only) choice. Katarapko Creek near Loxton is popular, as are the many backwaters upstream of Renmark. Backwaters along other stretches are also worth looking at. For other areas use topographical maps since the otherwise excellent River Murray Pilot is short on detail of the backwaters.
In the southeast, the Glenelg River is shared with Victoria.
Although The Coorong and nearby lakes are inland waters, they are very open and exposed. We recommend only properly equipped sea or estuary kayaks be used in the area.
For the sea paddler, the Fleurieu Peninsula, between Second Valley and Cape Jervis in particular, is worth a look, as is the Victor Harbor area.
Close to the city, the metropolitan coast is readily accessible. More interesting, with mangroves, birdlife, and perhaps dolphin sightings, is Barker Inlet, accessed from the Garden Island boat ramp and shown on the recently published map. Check the tides first.
The north coast of Kangaroo Island (either paddle across on a neap tide or take the ferry) is good: reasonably sheltered with many small bays for camping. The foot of Yorke Peninsula near Cape Spencer, with access out of Pondalowie Bay, is spectacular.
Farther afield, the Sir Joseph Banks Islands, out of Tumby Bay, are excellent. The islands south east of Port Lincoln (Thistle, etc.) are also good, but the area is exposed, with strong tidal flows.
South Australian Canoe Guides Series
Canoe SA and its committees are also involved in the ongoing development and distribution of the Murray River Canoe Guide series. The guides are currently being redrawn and reprinted, thanks to a combined effort by National Parks and Wildlife SA, the Office for Recreation and Sport, Heritage SA and Canoe South Australia. For more information on the Canoe Guides Series and Online Resource visit the site.
Some of the maps available - Katarapko Creek (Far left), Chowilla Creek (Centre Left) and Loch Luna/Chambers Creek (Centre Right). The Map on the (Far Right) of the page is of Torrens Island & Environs.