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Joining a club is a great way to explore the waterways 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
Email: pcarter@acslink.net.au
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 Adelaide Canoe Club website.

Encounter Paddling Inc
President: Cathy Venning
Encounter Paddling currently operates from the Encounter Lakes recreational reserve called Cliff Thorpe Reserve. The reserve is located on Bartel Boulevard at Encounter Bay, South Australia. The borrowed kayaks are stored in a locked shed adjacent to the Boulevard Shop and are launched from the beach at Cliff Thorpe reserve. There are toilets at the reserve and adequate parking adjacent to the storage facility. Visit the Encounter Paddling website.
This map shows the inland canoeing waters of South Australia, 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.Canoe Map

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.


Sea Kayaking

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 theCanoe Guides Series and Online Resource visit the site.