Personal blog and guide to paddling the Murrumbidgee River
Key Waypoints and Information
The section almost makes up for a third of the total length of the river (435.3 km) and has rapids up to Grade IV with a couple of compulsory portages.
Tantangara is a reservoir for Lake Eucumbene that is part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme network of dams. Water from Lake Eucumbene either makes its way naturally down to the south east coast via the Snowy River, or it is fed back into the Tumut and Murray hydro-electric power stations.
The remote gorge of this section passes through steep countryside that will be very dependent on the water levels. There are many small tributaries, two of the bigger ones are:
The gorge has consistent Grade II to III sections with some approaching grade IV with at least one compulsory portage. See Waterways Guide for details.
Cooma is 5.2 km SES along Mittagang Rd.
Mixed farmland and gorges lead you down to the capital. The gorge has some Grade II to IV sections and portages are likely.
See Waterways Guide for details, noting the guide for this section of the river is broken up into multiple legs.
Cotter Dam is about due west of the city centre but the early Point Hut Crossing is likely the closest that you will get to shops as you paddle by.
The satellite images suggest this next leg will be the most technical of the upper sections with a possible difficult portage around Burrinjuck Dam. Doing some research online using the Waterways Guide confirmed this.
Below Burrinjuck Dam is a 7 km section of Grade III to IV rapids that ease as the river flattens out as you head towards Jugiong. It is best to do this section with a river height of 1.3-1.7 m.
Please refer to the Waterways Guide site for details about these sections.
There is a large shopping centre 2.3 km walk from the bridge.
Point Hut Crossing is 22.7 km upstream from Cotter Road Bridge and ~100 km downstream from Binjura.
Both rivers flow directly into Lake Burrinjuck.
This is a heritage-listed major gated concrete-walled gravity hydro-electric dam that is 93 m high.