Warren River   



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Warren River - best season is spring. Contact CALM ranger at Pemberton/ Manjimup for a general indication of paddleability.

  • Not to be paddled in flood owing to the unpredictability of the nature of the river. The main dangers are fallen logs.
  • Blackberry infestation and other dense vegetation make some sections of the river, and its banks impassable.
  • Summer levels are too low.
  • Any detailed description of the river will vary according to the water level and as at October, 2003, there is no reliable way of knowing the water level.  
  •  Obtain Ministry of Sport & Recreation's Canoeing Guide, No. 11 Warren River, which is out of date and may be out of print but much of the river information still applies. Note that there is no indication of the water level - smaller rapids may be washed out at higher levels and others may appear at lower levels.
1 SW Highway (Rooney's Bridge) to Bannister Road Bridge  Flat water, many logs 
2 Bannister Road Bridge to Moon's Crossing * Flat water, some short rapids, two longer & more technical ones with bigger drops. Some logs. See detailed notes and some pics(White water skills required) Also, see story by Tony Henshaw
3 Moon's Crossing to River Road Not recommended  - logs & blackberries create dangerous hazards - see story by Tony Henshaw
4 River Road to Warren Bridge  River Road to Gloucester Road - consult Canoeing Guide No. 11. From Gloucester Rd to Warren Bridge- mostly flat water, some logs, some portaging. Small rapid or two depending on water level. 
5 Warren Bridge to Heartbreak Trail Ford * Flat water, some logs, one or two very small drops including the ford.
6 Heartbreak Trail Ford to Barker Road Ford Two significant rapids which require care owing to logs and vegetation. If in doubt scout first. One section with numerous logs. (White water skills required)
7 Barker Road Ford to Larkin Raod Bridge - the river drops thirty metres in this section.  Avoid this dangerous section. See comments by Tom Suffling.
8 Larkin Road Bridge to river mouth * Flat water, may be moving due to winter rains, some logs to start off with. - 4WD and an experienced driver is necessary for the track across the dunes The sand bar at the mouth is usually open in winter, closed in summer. Make this an overnight camping trip if 4WD access is not possible, paddling back upstream next day. Portaging over or around logs with full canoe may prove hard going. More detailed notes and some pics.
 * Recommended paddle with appropriate skills. All sections of the Warren River are very scenic.

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