Walpole environs:
Irwin Inlet
Bow River
Kent River

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Turn onto Peaceful Bay Road from South Coast Highway. Either put-in at Bow River (turn left onto dirt track a short distance from highway, then turn left again - deep water) or at roadside picnic area about 5km from highway - inlet is very shallow here.

Paddling Notes

  • scenic flatwater paddling;
  • paddle to inlet mouth along narrow channel which is enclosed by sand dunes and/or up Kent River and/or Bow River (the distance you can go upstream depends on recent rainfall);
  • summer paddling saw vast flocks of black swans at home on the inlet and much other birdlife;
  • Bibbulmun Track crosses the head of the narrow channel to inlet mouth - canoes kept in boatsheds here enable walkers to cross;
  • inlet may be shallow with many sandbars;
  • affected by winds but sheltered paddling is available in lee of southern shore.
  • sand spit at mouth is popular with fishermen from Peaceful Bay - 4WD access along beach;
  • access to Southern Ocean for sea kayaks when sand spit at mouth is open.
Suitable craft
Any canoe or kayak is suitable except it's a plus to have a rudder if it's windy.
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