Donnelly River &
Lake Jasper
 

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 Donnelly River

Access

From Vasse Highway turn onto Boat Landing Road, about 53km south of Nannup and 2km south of Scott Road.

Camping available at Carey Brook campsite a few kilometres before Boat Landing: group and individual camping with fireplaces, toilet , picnic tables, camp kitchen.

 Paddling Notes
- put in at Boat Landing . This can be crowded on public holidays and long weekends.
- The river is paddleable for 300- 400 metres upstream only, due to fallen logs blocking the way.
- Downstream is paddleable all year round, whether sand bar at mouth has opened or not. The channel opens when the water level behind builds up enough and usually with a high tide. About 12 km to river mouth from Boat Landing.

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scenic paddle through pristine bush with impressive limestone cliffs close to coast, unspoilt beaches and the dramatic southern ocean for miles;
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power boats;
- many shacks & jetties towards river mouth;
- few places to land easily until shacks are reached;
- if paddling down one day and back the next it is possible to camp in low dunes near river mouth :northern side;
- explore the lagoon about 4km from mouth for much birdlife: swamphens, sea birds, black swans, Pacific ducks, blue cranes, goshawks;
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can be windy.

 Lake Jasper
Access
Scott Road is ok for non 4WD vehicles as far as the old wooden bridge over the Donnelly River. From here the road to Lake Jasper, about 10km, is 4WD as it is very sandy.

En route are Lake Smith and Lake Wilson - smaller versions of Lake Jasper

Camping available at Lake Jasper - fireplaces and picnic tables.

 

Paddling Notes (Lake Jasper)

- peaceful and pristine freshwater lake surrounded by wetland; - can be windy as both the surrounding land and the vegetation are low and offer no protection;
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sandy beaches scattered around south -east shore;
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Tannin in the water due to the vegetation. The lake is over 3m deep in places. Other places are shallow, such as in the northern part which has broken ground and rocks of the ancient sea bed. There are aboriginal sites here. The decomposing vegetative matter on the bottom of the lake may be 1.5 m deep. It is very soft and you can't stand on it or else you will sink.

For more info contact the CALM ranger at Pemberton, 9776 1207

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