Great Fish River – Halsowen to Mortimer

This part of the Great Fish is a great section for K1-paddlers, who use it for training purposes. It is also a good section for beginner to intermediate paddlers.

  • Ideal for: K1, croc, kayak
  • Grade: 1 to 2
  • Length: 22km
  • Duration: 2 to 4 hours
  • Type: Long pools, small rapids
  • Put-in: Bridge at Halsowen
  • Take-out: Bridge at Mortimer
  • Dam controlled: Grassridge Dam
  • Permits: None

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Great Fish River – Grassridge Dam to Cradock

The annual Fish River Canoe Marathon is one of the highlights on the national racing calendar. It has become the second-biggest race in the country, attracting more than 1500 paddlers every year, with only the Dusi Marathon beating it in numbers. The race actually starts on the Great Brak River, which joins the Great Fish at the Brak River Weir, halfway through the first day’s course.

  • Ideal for: K1, croc, kayak
  • Grade: 1 to 2 (some 3)
  • Length: 80km
  • Duration: 2 day race (many shorter options as well)
  • Type: Pool-drop, fast-flowing
  • Put-in: Grassridge Dam
  • Take-out: Cradock
  • Dam controlled: Grassridge Dam
  • Permits: None
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Great Brak River

This section of the Great Brak is the second stage of the Gariep-Fish system, and the put-in is just above the confluence of the Teebus and the Great Brak.Ideal for: Kayak, K1, croc

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Teebus River

The section on the Teebus is the first stage of the Gariep-Fish transfer scheme, and is therefore paddleable throughout the year.

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