Secretary: Peter Carter
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President: Cathy Venning
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.
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.
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.