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Bullaba River

  Grade:   3 to 4       Rating: river rating
  County:   Donegal   Date updated:23/10/2009
  Section Length:   500m/2km   Version: 2 (History)

Brief River Description

A bedrock granite shuk that needs a heavy down pour. Main section is fast and fun.

Directions to the Put-in

Drive along the R251 from Letterkenny to Doocharry. Take a left onto the R254, towards Doocharry. Put in is anywhere along the road, but if water is high the small bridge with layby on left, before the road goes over the mountain.

Directions to the Take-out

Any where. But this river can be paddled to a small bridge where parking is available. You can paddle to Gartan lake and get out either at the church or Gartan O.E.C.

River Description

Shuk paddling at its best. One major feature that washes out at high levels but can provide a good impact injury at low levels.

Narrow at start until the river widens at a left hand beside road to bedrock granite slides etc. Have a look at the main drop at the road bend before getting on to avoid breaking a good run.

After this drop is a nice slide with a left hand wall into a right hand small drop leading to a long slide with a small roosters tail in the middle.

Continues onward levelling out but gathering water from other shuks.

Careful of bridge (mentioned at get out), this may need to be rolled under.

The main section can be run in 20mins, worth doing before heading on to the Barra.

Local issues

No Issues. Just over excitment.

River level gauge

Have a look at the main drop at the left hand road bend heading to get in. If its runnable don't waste anymore time looking and just get on.

River Hazards

One fall. Slow run in, in low/shallow water, bedrock forces line right into overhanging rock on right, narrow slot at bottom creates a hole. In higher levels the water allows a centre line to open up creating a line that nips past the overhanging rock with good speed.


Original Author: Stu
Latest Author: Seanie
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