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Mary River- Kenilworth to Moy Pocket

 

This canoe section starts near Kenilworth, and runs for fourteen kilometres down to the Pickering Bridge on the Moy Pocket Road, ten kilometres away by road. Kenilworth is on the Eumundi-Kenilworth Road, thirty-three kilometres from the Bruce Highway, or an alternate road in, is down the Obi Obi Road from Mapleton, a scenic mountain drive. Launch at Charles Street in Kenilworth (turn left in town at the Police Station, and follow road to river)

Alternatively, launch at the Kenilworth Homestead, three kilometres out of Kenilworth, back towards the Bruce Highway, and a kilometre before the Kenilworth Bridge over the river. The Kenilworth Homestead is a privately owned camping area.

The water must be deep enough, and flowing, for the trip to be attempted. It is recommended that the water height is checked at the finishing bridge on the drive in, as water access is much easier, and the height of the river over the gravel banks can be gauged.

If starting from Kenilworth, look out for the remains of the old bridges in the water, just upstream from the Kenilworth Bridge. Keep an eye out for snags, and hidden logs. At low water a channel has to be found following deeper water through the sand and water weeds. The exit point at the Pickering Bridge is on the southern side, downstream of the bridge. A dirt road turns off next to the southern side of the bridge, and goes fifty metres to a gravel bank which makes for a good clean exit, and launch point. There is a pleasant grove of trees, just upstream of the last bridge, southern side of the river, that gives some indication of what the original river bank vegetation may have looked like.

Important: The Mary River is a seasonal paddle. Check river height beforehand. Starting at Kenilworth, recommended minimum river height (according to BOM) should be at least 0.33, about as low as it could be to successfully run the entire river, with some extremely shallow areas. 

 
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road bridge Kenilworth launch   upstream view from Kenilworth launch   downstream view from Kenilworth launch   looking back upstream Pickering Bridge, Moy Pocket Road - finish
Kenilworth Bridge
old bridge upstream of new
downstream from Bridge
Pickering Bridge