Redbank Weir-Murray River 2016 

You can also read about my later journey down the Murrumbidgee here.

Paddling the lower Murrumbidgee in 2016 at high water levels

In early October 2016 I was part of a group of 6 kayakers who paddled down the Murrumbidgee from Redbank Weir to the Murray River and on to Boundary Bend over a period of 6 days. The river was at or below minor flood level. When we started at Redbank Weir, the town of Hay was at major flood level with about 40,000 Ml/day flowing past the town. However, down at Redbank Weir and Balranald Weir the flow was about 10,000 Ml/day with at gauge height of about 5.8 m at both places with a flow rate of about 2 km/h. There was a lot of water flowing out of the river into the swamps and this is probably why they were predicting that Balranald township would remain below minor flood level. The water level was about 5 metres higher than when I paddled the Lower Murrumbidgee during drought in 2008.

The main difference between the 2008 and 2016 trips were:

You can view photos of the 2016 trip below. It includes some 2008 photos for comparison.