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Barra River

  Grade:   3 to 4       Rating: river rating
  County:   Donegal   Date updated:15/09/2008
  Section Length:   1 km   Version: 1

Brief River Description

Steep fast rocky run with some drops and a gorge section. Lots of fun, just don't capsize. Continuously technical. Wearing elbow pads will protect your cag.

Directions to the Put-in

On the R254 road from Doocharry to Letterkenny, heading towards Glenveagh National Park, at the bend at the head of Glenveagh, the small creek flows under the road, it continues to run South west into Lough Barra.

Directions to the Take-out

Drive downhill from get in towards Lake Barra. Take out anywhere below the short gorge section or continue down to lake. Entire stretch of river can be seen from get in.

River Description

Typical mountain run. Half hour of intense fun.

Not runnable in low levels, will keep water for a few hours after heavy rain. If your boat can float on it then get on before the water disappears.

Continuous concentration is needed throughout.

First feature is going through the bridge, nice pillow on river right wall that'll flow you around the bend nicely.

Continues to a fork in river,get out and have a look to choose your route, both runnable. River left is bouldery, river right has a nice 7ft slot drop into deep small pool just below small bush on left. River left has a few large boulders before both streams meet.

Both tributaries meet again and continue into gorge section with a tight pinball section which is followed directly by a short drop with boil that pushs into left wall, boof it.

A few more small rapids then river levels out to flow into lake.

Local issues

No local issues are known about. No fish in river and no fences. Mountain bog around except at lake shore at get out where there is a few homes and private land. Choose your walk out wisely.

River level gauge

If your boat floats on it get on. If all the other mountain streams are flowing then get on one of them and get back to this pronto. Although this is worth 2 runs.

River Hazards

No major hazards, continuous, so if your finding it too much at the start then it'll be the same throughout.


Original Author: Stu Hamilton

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