Canoe Creek To Bob Turner Track

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Alternate Name: 
Canoe Creek To Bob Turner Track
Colo River
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Main Exit Point: 
This is scenically one of the most spectacular paddles in NSW. The narrow gorge and precipitous 400m cliffs at the beginning of the trip are awe inspiring. Because of the nature of the terrain, good campsites along the river are difficult to find and may have to be levelled out of sand up the slopes beneath the cliffs. There is little grass to camp on, especially for some years after a major flood. Wildlife in this section is very scarce. The country changes substantially when the river emerges from the gorge when bush trees line the banks and more wildlife can be seen. Due to hidden sieves extra caution must be taken at the King rapid. Use the rainfall gauges linked to this section you will see there is a list of gauges for the Colo catchment but you also need to look at the Bilpin and Kurrajongs heights gauge on the Grose catchment so you can get an idea of how widespread the rain has been across the catchment. If you see rainfall of 30 to 40mm on most of the gauges on a day or over a couple of days the river should get above the 1.1m at Upper Colo. 1.2 metres at the Upper Colo gauge is the river flowing bank to bank i.e. covering the sand bars at upper colo. So the height above that represents how deep the water will be generally across the river. Once it gets over 1.4 the water will be flowing through some in stream vegetation and so anyone that capsizes may get tangled up in it. Above 1.5m the water starts to flow quite fast and finding a spot on the tree lined bank can be a little difficult and so people who have capsized might get tangled up in trees trying to get to the bank to empty their boat.  A rough guide to how long the rain in the following gauges takes to get to upper Colo gauge is:  Glen Alice          Capertee River      3 to 4 days  Putty (Carpenter)   Wollemi Creek       2 to 3 days  Putty Tea Rooms     Wollemi Creek       2 to 3 days  Putty The Gibba     Wollemi Creek       2 to 3 days  Colo Heights        Upper Colo          Same day  Ben Bullen          Wolgan River        3 to 4 days  Bilpin (Fern Grove) Wollangambe Creek   1 to 2 days  Kurrajong Heights   Wheeney Creek       never     
Trip Duration: 
8 - 10 hours paddling, Walk in 2-4 hours
Trip Length: 
Average Grade: 
Highest Grade: 
About 20 decent grade 2-3 rapids, pool drop character
Hot Tip: 
The sandstone cliffs of the gorge are high and precipitous and the gorge very narrow so that during the short days of the cooler months little, if any, sun penetrates to the river, making the trip very cold.
Level Information: 
Volume increases markedly after the Wollangambe River Enters.
Section location: 
POINT (150.552689 -33.31076)