15-17 February 2024

The Saddles portages

Saddles Portage

Difficulty: Moderate
Distance from start of the stage : 33km
Lat -29.613307 Lon 30.376643
Spectators/Seconds: Yes
Optional Portage

GFXSaddlesThis portage is only really an option  of the river is low or if you have overtaken the water release, and you are will to run it hard. It crest a hill and uses road and path tracks to cut out a loop in the river.

The blessing of reliable water from Henley dam has made this a little used portage. If you have a broken boat, then this may be an option, if you still have strength in your legs!


Martin Dreyer

Saddles 1 & 2 are two fairly friendly portages and give you a chance to stretch the legs.

At the top of Saddles 1 there is a dirt road which you need to stay on for as long as possible. It will start tracking back up stream a little and this is when you need to paddle across river, slightly upstream, and connect with the pathway on the other side and carry
on running up Saddles 2.

At the bottom of Saddles 2 there is a massive silver pipe – don’t  put in here but rather put it 100 metres further downstream because there is a gnarly drop just after the put in below the pipe.

ProTipBirkettAndy Birkett

Follow the main path not the cattle paths. Paddle across the river and walk up the banks on the other side.