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The Cotter River in the west of the Australian Capital Territory starts below Mount Scabby at an elevation of 1760m and ends near Casuarina Sands at an elevation of 466m merging with the Murrumbidgee River.
The Cotter River drops around 1300m over its 75.6km length.
The Cotter River flows through Corin Dam (968m), Bendora Dam (795m) and Cotter Dam (515m) on its way to joining the Murrumbidgee River.
6 creeks and rivers flow into the Cotter River. The five longest tributaries are: Paddys River, Condor Creek, Licking Hole Creek, Kangaroo Creek and Porcupine Creek - click here for a full list of all 6 tributaries of the Cotter River.
The Cotter River is highlighted in yellow on the map below.
Bonzle users have caught and/or seen brown trout, carp, golden perch, macquarie perch, murray cod, murray crayfish, rainbow trout, redfin, silver perch and yabbies at Cotter River (Note: some species of fish may not be available at all times of the year. Always check State/Territory fishing regulations for size, bag/possession limits and licensing/permit requirements. Some native fish are protected and may not be taken). Is this list accurate? Have you caught or seen other species of fish at Cotter River? Contribute your knowledge by clicking here.
Bonzle users sighted or observed the following birds at Cotter River: australian wood duck (Chenonetta jubata). Is this list accurate? Are you a keen bird watcher? Have you been bird watching at Cotter River? What species of birds have you seen? Contribute your knowledge by clicking here. For a comprehensive flexibound field guide to Australia's birds try Birds of Australia: Eighth Edition.
Bonzle users have said that the facilities at Cotter River include a boat ramp. Do you know of other facilities available at Cotter River? Is this list accurate? Contribute your knowledge by clicking here.
Bonzle users have reported that Cotter River is a good place for birdwatching, canoeing, fishing, fly fishing, jet skiing, rafting, swimming and water skiing. Do you know of other recreational activities at Cotter River? Is this list accurate? Contribute your knowledge by clicking here.
Bonzle users have contributed the following notes about Cotter River:
|contributed by Redback51 on 01-Apr-2009 (last modified 06-Apr-2009)|
There is a large picnic area just below the Cotter Dam wall with toilets, drinking water, barbecues, tables and a children's playground. There are walks along the river as well as up the hillside to the south of the dam from where you can look down on to the dam. The picnic area is glorious in autumn when the leaves of the many poplars turn yellow. Boating is not possible. Canoeing may be possible when the Cotter River is flowing.
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