Whyte River

Grade: 2–3
Time: 6+ hours
Get in: Confluence with the Heazelwood or a 4wd track lower down, could potentially put in on the upper Whyte but looks rather overgrown.
Get out: Paddle the Pieman to Corinna
Water level: Recent local rain

Lovely low stress river through some beautiful rainforest with plenty of easy class 3 whitewater. Would be quite scratchy at low levels – need a bit of rain for big rafts, although packrafting would be ok at most levels.

I ran this as a multi day trip from the Heazelwood all the way down the Whyte to the Pieman River back to Corinna although you could technically do this as a day trip walking out.

The Whyte river has some tougher sections than the Heazlewood and there is one solid class 3+ river wide stopper that is both very obvious and easy to portage on river right. That said, at high water it would have the potential to hold a raft so exercise caution on that bit. Other than that it is all very east paddling and a very pleasant trip. Highly recommended.

Contributed by James Barnes (see James’s trip report)

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West coast multi-day trip – Heazlewood, Whyte and Pieman – 28 July 2019. The Heazlewood River had a lot of water in it and was moving fast.

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