Location: Memorial Park Howlong
Event Name:Howlong to Shaws Flat Murray River Backchannel Paddle
Leader Tony Crawford
Start Date: 24/03/2019 09:00
Finish Date:24/03/2019 17:00
Member Participants: 9
Guest Participants: 0
Distance/Time: 19km x 5 hours
Rating:Other Event Type - This was not a bushwalk - see event report for more info
Points of Interest: Superb environment of the Snarts Creek and the Little River and the fascinating cliffs of the Murphy Creek
Mobile phone reception: Excellent the whole way
Event Report: When this paddle was completed for the first time in Jan 2016 it was 41 degrees in the shade so we were appreciating the cooler conditions but uncertain as to when or if the forecast rain would arrive. As it turned out it held off all day.
route taken jan23
We met at Noreuil Park Albury and pooled transport (2 cars plus trailer and 7 kayaks) to Memorial Park Howlong where we met Jan. Start was delayed due to missing seat and life jacket but once retrieved we were on our way about 11-30
Almost ready to roll at Howlang Memorial Park

The Snarts creek is the first channel we left the Murray to negotiate - the extensive debris from fallen trees made this a technically difficult section of the day and a couple of capsizes occurred - depth of water and current flow made for reasonably easy recovery.
Entering Snarts Creek
Entering Snarts Creek
Lunch Break
Leaving the creek and into the Murray again was a dramatic change in paddling conditions. A few km downstream we entered the Little River - another enclosed canopy with lots of debris was encourntered making for delightful but challenging paddling. A second capsize was once again quickly recovered.

Leaving Little River we were back in the Murray again before leaving it again for the Murphy Creek - this stream was the original course of the Murray and the southern bank is a series of cliffs of fascinating structure and colour. The so called Shepparton formation is a geological term for areas comprised of older marine sediments which have been covered by mainly alluvial deposits (clays, silts, sands and gravels) .
Murphy Creek

Murphy Creek
Cliffs on the Murphy Creek
Cliffs on the Murphy Creek
Cliffs on the Murphy Creek
We finally reached the end of Murphys creek and re-entered the Murray for the 4th time and exit point at Shaws Flat.
Shaws Flat
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