There had been a fair bit of rain in the Shoalhaven River’s catchment. The river had peaked at a massive 3.7m on the Hillview gauge on Friday. By Sunday it had dropped back down to 2.0m, which was still a fair bit more water than what I’d seen it at before.
Although we were a little unsure about what the river would look like at this level, we decided that with lengthy pools between rapids we would be able to complete the trip safely.
What we found were some fun pushy rapids, that still ended in big pools. The river felt a little less steep than lower levels, but more water meant the rapids where pushier. The Shoalhaven River is quite a large river and can handle a large volume of water. At 2.0m different lines opened up where there would usually just be rocks, and the river was quite manageable.
After our trip we both agreed that with the combination of fun, pushy rapids and a warm sunny day, it was one of the most fun days of paddling we’d both had in a long time.
We didn’t get any pictures, but we did get some video, check it out below:
Trip Date: 12 December 2010