Huon River

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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
Cities Judbury, Ranelagh, Huonville, Franklin, Cygnet (Port Cygnet)
Landmark Huon Valley
Source Scotts Peak Dam
 - location Lake Pedder, Tasmania
Mouth Tasman Sea
 - coordinates 43°24′S 147°5′E / 43.400°S 147.083°E / -43.400; 147.083Coordinates: 43°24′S 147°5′E / 43.400°S 147.083°E / -43.400; 147.083
Length 174 km (108 mi)
Width 5 km (3 mi)
Location of the Huon River mouth
in Tasmania
Wikimedia Commons: Huon River

The Huon River is the fourth largest river in Tasmania, Australia. The river is 174 kilometres (108 mi) in length, and runs through the fertile Huon Valley.

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The river rises below Scotts Peak Dam at Lake Pedder and flows generally south-east to the Tahune Airwalk, where the Picton River joins, before heading through the rural township of Glen Huon where, just to the south, flows down rapids to merge with the sea water and become tidal. From there it then travels through Huonville, Franklin, and Cygnet (Port Cygnet). When the river meets the Tasman Sea near Surveyors Bay, it is more than 3.1 miles (5.0 km) wide. In the lower reaches, the average depth of wide river is 10 feet (3.0 m) and maximum depth is 39 feet (12 m).

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

After the formation on the new flooded Lake Pedder, the Scotts Peak Dam was built to change the flow of water to the Gordon Dam.

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