| Most paddling on the
Collie River below Wellington Dam is done in summer on water
that is released for irrigation. The amount of water released
depends on farmers' needs. It tends to be greatest during the
week in mid-late summer when temperatures and evaporation are
highest, with lower water levels at weekends, even in mid summer.
|It takes 20 hours for water to reach
Burekup Weir and then up to another 8 hours to reach the farmers
on the outlying areas of the Collie Irrigation District, such
as Benger or Dardanup. Hence, for example, water is released
early on Sunday to reach the farmers by Monday.
- Paddlers divide
the Collie River into the Upper Collie (from Wellington
Dam to Honeymoon Pool) and the Lower Collie (from Honeymoon
Pool to Burekup Weir and the irrigation channel).
- All the rapids
are easier with more water.
- Paddlers commonly
refer to the height at the gauging station on the Upper
Collie. 1.2 m at the gauging station is an excellent level.
0.8 m is just paddleable, with some rapids very rocky.
- To find out the amount of
water to be released for the next 28 hours click on link at top
of page or here
- Then go to
the table above to see the height at the gauging station.
- Heavy winter
rainfall may result in Wellington Dam overflowing and the Collie
is paddleable at these times. You need to check a local source
for this information. It is a dangerous river to paddle during
high flood level.
- From time
to time the water authority scours the dam during winter to lower
the salt level by releasing water from the lower valve and the
river is paddleable.