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Novice paddlers should not go near the Dawesville Channel, as it has strong tidal flow and very often, hazardous water disturbance within the channel and across its openings.

Weather conditions can change rapidly, and paddlers need to ensure that their skills are sufficient to manage their trip. Observe boating rules; keep to the righthand side, or outside of designated boating channels.
You need to be  prepared for your trip by checking weather and wind conditions before leaving. Current water conditions are available by phoning Department of Water on 08 9550 4222.

Peel-Harvey Estuary Paddle Trail Network

The Ramsar-listed Peel-Harvey Estuary is the largest and most diverse estuarine complex in south-western Australia. Within the Peel Inlet, Harvey Estuary and the Murray, Serpentine and Harvey Rivers, Mandurah offers a multitude of paddling options for varied weather conditions and paddler objectives. 

The Peel-Harvey catchment covers an area over 10,000 square kilometres, extending from the coastal town of Mandurah, 150 kilometres east to the farming communities of Williams and Popanyinning. Three rivers connect the catchment to the Peel-Harvey Estuary – the Serpentine, Murray and Harvey rivers. The Serpentine and Murray rivers flow from the north and east into the Peel Inlet and the Harvey River flows from the south-east into the Harvey Estuary. In the estuary, these fresh waters mix with the Indian Ocean’s salty water which flows in, particularly during summer, through either the natural mouth of the estuary in Mandurah or the Dawesville Cut – an artificial channel opened in 1994. The estuary is an important refuge for wildlife including many species of migratory birds. There are several nature conservation reserves which serve to protect the natural values of the estuary and the wildlife.

Launch Sites

There are 18 formal launch sites located around the estuary and along the Serpentine and Murray Rivers. Many sandy beaches also provide informal landing sites. Choose your own adventure - pick a start point and a destination and immerse yourself in the unique Peel-Harvey Estuary environment. The launch site guide at the link to the right outlines the formal launch points around the estuary and rivers and details amenities and ideal weather conditions. Details on the four formal launch sites can be found below:

Riverside Gardens Foreshore

Riverside Gardens Foreshore is a custom-built all-abilities and group paddle launch site, providing access to the Serpentine River and the Herron Trail.  

Osprey Waters 

Osprey Waters Foreshore Reserve is a general-use paddle launch site located near the Mandurah Estuary Bridge in Erskine. This launch site provides access to the Osprey Trail and the Pelican Trail. 

Novara Foreshore Reserve 

Novara Foreshore Reserve is a general-use paddle launch site located at Novara Boat Ramp in Falcon, providing access to the Osprey Trail and the Pelican Trail. 

Dawesville Channel

Dawesville Channel is a general-use paddle launch site located on Estuary Road immediately south of the Dawesville Channel in Dawesville. This launch site provides access to the Pelican Trail. 

Conditions and Safety

The Mandurah boating guide also contains useful information to help plan your trip. 
Offering protection from the wind the Serpentine and Murray Rivers are generally classified as easy with slow to fast moving water and few obstacles suitable for novice and beginner paddlers in most conditions. On a calm day the estuary may be suitable for novice paddlers. However, the estuary is exposed to wind and in areas near the mouth and Dawesville Cut, tidal currents, and is more appropriate for medium to advanced paddlers. 

The paddle trails outlined in this network were initially compiled by the Canoe Trail Friends of Mandurah and Pinjarra Inc. 

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