The 2012 Barron River Challenge (BRC 2012) canoe race is only 13 weeks away.
Whilst Tinaroo dam is still 3m from overflowing – rainfall in the catchment areas below the dam wall have allowed for training/ recon paddles during the last couple of weeks.
Mareeba river height between 1.60 and 1.90 is generally an indication that the river between Mareeba and Bilwon can be paddled safely with intermediate experience.
Two fiberglass Canadians made the trip from Low bridge to Bilwon (rogers road) in 3 hours comfortably on Sunday 29/01 with 1.59 at Mareeba and 1.61 at Bilwon, however it was the fresh from Granite creek which made it possible.
The major creeks along the course also have to be noted as well if you intend to paddle the lower sections below Oak Forest.
The 4 gauges
Give the Barron River course heights whilst two further stations ; Clohesy River (joined with Davies Creek ) and Flaggy creek, monitor two other sometimes major inflows which enter before the oak forest rapid and hence only contribute to the Myola station heights.
Quite a few snags are exposed in the upper BRC 12 course. Take note of the logs produced from Yasi in 2011. It is still a worthwhile paddle to get familiar with the BRC 12 section of the race even if the height is just above 1.65 as tricky shutes such as the run into the high rocks can be scouted in relative safety. Take note of the screen captures from the BOM site below.