Great Fish River – N2 to ocean

This last section of the Fish has substantially less water than the upper stretches, as most of the water coming from Grassridge Dam is channelled to the Little Fish, and what is left gets pumped out by the farmers along the way. A paddleable level is nonetheless maintained throughout the year.

  • Ideal for: Beginners, K1 and open canoe
  • Grade: 1
  • Length: 30km
  • Duration: 4 hours with high water, 6 to 8 hours with low water
  • Type: Pool-drop
  • Put-in: N2 bridge
  • Take-out: Mouth of river
  • Dam controlled: Fish River Irrigation Scheme
  • Permits: None

MAP 19

This is a great section for seconds as you can spend the night at the Fish River Sun Hotel in the lap of luxury.

During the rainy season (November to May) this section is really enjoyable.

This river description is taken from my book “Run the Rivers of Southern Africa”.
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