Huon River

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Huon
River
HuonRiver Tasmania.jpg
Lower reaches of the Huon River in winter
Name origin: Jean-Michel Huon de Kermadec, a French explorer
Country Australia
State Tasmania
Regions South-west, South-east Tasmania
Tributaries
 - left Weld River, Russell River, Little Denison River, Mountain River
 - right Anne River, Cracroft River, Picton River, Arve River
Cities Judbury, Ranelagh, Huonville, Franklin, Cygnet (Port Cygnet)
Landmark Huon Valley
Source Marsden Range
 - location Southwest National Park below Junction Hill
 - elevation 578 m (1,896 ft)
 - coordinates 42°54′S 146°20′E / 42.900°S 146.333°E / -42.900; 146.333
Mouth D’Entrecasteaux Channel
 - location Surveyors Bay
 - coordinates 43°16′52″S 147°6′51″E / 43.28111°S 147.11417°E / -43.28111; 147.11417Coordinates: 43°16′52″S 147°6′51″E / 43.28111°S 147.11417°E / -43.28111; 147.11417
Length 174 km (108 mi)
Width 5 km (3 mi)
National park Southwest National Park
Reservoir Lake Pedder
Location of the Huon River mouth
in Tasmania
Wikimedia Commons: Huon River
[1]

The Huon River is a perennial river located in the south-west and south-east regions of Tasmania, Australia. At 174 kilometres (108 mi) in length, the Huon River is the fourth longest in Tasmania with its course flowing east through the fertile Huon Valley and empties into the D’Entrecasteaux Channel before flowing into the Tasman Sea.

Location and features[edit]

The Huon River rises below Junction Hill in the Southwest National Park with much of its upper catchment drawn from the Marsden Range and associated peaks including Mount Anne, Mount Bowes, and Mount Wedge. The river flows generally south through the south-eastern portion of Lake Pedder and is impounded at the Scotts Peak Dam. Thereafter, the river flows generally south-east to the Tahune Airwalk. From its source to mouth, the river is joined by 26 tributaries including the Anne, Cracroft, Picton, Weld, Arve, Russell, Little Denison and Mountain rivers.

After passing through the rural township of Glen Huon the river flows down rapids to merge with the sea water and become tidal. From there it flows through Huonville, Franklin, and Cygnet (Port Cygnet). When the river meets its mouth and empties into the D’Entrecasteaux Channel at Surveyors Bay[2] where the river is more than 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) wide. In the lower reaches, the average depth of wide river is 3 metres (9.8 ft) and maximum depth is 12 metres (39 ft).

Etymology[edit]

The river is named after the French explorer Jean-Michel Huon de Kermadec.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Map of Huon River, TAS". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Huon River: Anglers Access" (PDF brochure). Inland Fisheries Service. Government of Tasmania. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 

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