North Esk River

Grade: 4
Distance: 6 km
Time: 4 hours
Get in: 605 Blessington Road, White Hills
Get out: Corra Lynn
Water level: 0.8–1.2 metres on the Corra Lynn bridge, gauge on the Bureau of Meteorology website reads one metre higher than the levels shown on the physical bridge (eg 1.8 metres on BOM = 0.8 metres at the bridge)

One of the more full on trips that the rafting club run; the north esk is an exciting day out which starts of with some straightforward class 2/3 whitewater before dropping in to a gorge with some solid class 3/4 whitewater.

The put-in point is on a private driveway. Be respectfull of this and park vehicles on the road in the pull-off area (not on the property). The paddling community has an excelent relationship with the land owners so we want to keep it that way!

The biggest rapids of the trip are first and second drop. Highly recomend inspecting these rapids and setting up safety. Multiple whitewater rescue trained guides are required for this section of river. Having new rafters and/or participants who are not comfortable swimming whitewater is a bad idea. Levels below 0.8 are pretty scratch but doable down to 0.7. Levels above 1.2 metres are going to be very hectic with plenty of big water.

Trip reports

Sunny Sunday Bumping Down the NEsk – 26 September 2021.

Paddling Pats + Swimming NEsk – 17 July 2021.

Ben goes for a swim – 3 July 2021.

Midweek excitement on a high Nesk! – 9 June 2021.

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