My personal take on the dangers of the trip
Known paddler fatalities on the Murray River
A man who is not afraid of the sea will soon be drowned, for he will be going out on a day he shouldn't. But we do be afraid of the sea, and we do only be drowned now and again.
Over the years more than 200 people have drowned along the waters of the Murray River, including many swimmers, fishermen, boaters and paddlers. The river's smooth waters can appear gentle but the current can be very strong with nasty undertows.
The wide open waters of Lake Alexandrina and Lake Hume are both notorious for rough and quickly changing conditions that have caught out many boaters including paddlers. Even the rather narrow Lake Mulwala and wider sections of the river itself can be tricky in rough conditions.
The following is an incomplete list of some of the paddler tragedies along the river. This is not intended to be morbid but was added as a simple reminder that there are many inherent dangers in our sport and we need to respect the water we play in.
The left hand side shoreline is considered the safest.