Canoe and kayak trail
The Logan and Albert rivers offer paddlers plenty of great trails to get active on the water and discover our rich history and diverse natural areas.
Whether paddling for exercise, fishing or a fun family cruise, there’s a trail for everyone to explore.
About the rivers
The rivers begin their journeys in the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests on the New South Wales / Queensland border ranges.
They wind down through farmlands, bushland blocks, urban suburbs and tidal flats in Logan.
The Albert joins the Logan around Eagleby and they complete their journey by emptying into Moreton Bay.
These waterways are a rich resource and place of spiritual significance for Traditional Custodians including peoples of the Yuggera and Yugambeh language groups.
They were also important in the establishment and growth of the early European settlements in the region.
Learn more about the history of the rivers, plants and animals the rivers support by exploring the Logan River Trail interpretive signage in our Logan River parks (featured on this trail).
Download our Logan and Albert Rivers canoe and kayak Map (PDF 4.17 MB) and experience the trails today!
For interactive maps and things to see on the river, please visit the Naeus website to dowload their app.
For information on how to access the river using the pontoon entry and exit platforms, please download our Canoe and kayak access and safety information sheet (PDF 5.1 MB)
There are many interesting things to discover along each of the trails. Some interesting features include:
Riedel Park, Carbrook
Near the mouth of the Logan River, where fresh water and salt water meet, lay some of the largest stretches of saltmarsh found in South East Queensland. Learn more about this vulnerable area on the Logan River Trail signs at Riedel Park. River access is via the boat ramp.
Skinners Park, Carbrook
Are you a keen angler? Have you ever tried fishing from a canoe or kayak before? Why not ‘drop in a line’ as you paddle along the Canoe and Kayak Trail. The Logan River Trail signs at Skinners Park will help you discover more about the bustling aquatic community that lies beneath the surface. River access is via an entry / exit platform on the pontoon located closest to the boat ramp.
Logan River Parklands, Beenleigh
Like Brisbane’s Storey Bridge, the Red Bridge stands strong as a defining landmark of Logan. When it opened in 1931, the Red Bridge provided nearby communities with a reliable and permanent way to cross the Logan River. Paddle under this icon at Logan River Parklands. River access is via an entry / exit platform on the pontoon located closest to the boat ramp.
Alexander Clark Park, Loganholme
As you paddle by this park keep a keen eye out for Koalas. As well as providing habitat for our region’s threatened flora and fauna, this park hosts a great walking track, playground and picnic facilities. River access is via an entry / exit platform on the pontoon located on the southern side of the park.
Riverdale Park, Meadowbrook
Start at Riverdale Park for a scenic paddle up Slacks Creek where you will encounter a myriad of bird life. Make sure you also check out the extensive walking trails that wind through picturesque Riverdale Park. River access is via an entry / exit platform on the pontoon located within the park.
Federation Drive Reserve, Bethania
Stop here for a stretch during your paddle and while you’re there, check out the Logan River Trail ‘Welcome to Country’ sign. River access is via the boat ramp.
Larry Storey Park, Waterford
The sandy beach at this park makes for one of the easiest launching points along the Trail, especially for beginners. The Greater Logan Paddlers Club regularly holds training and come and try sessions from this park. For more information, please visit the Greater Logan Paddlers website. River access is located beside the boat ramp.
Albert River Park, Eagleby
Challenge yourself to paddle one of the longest stretches on the Logan and Albert River Canoe and Kayak Trail between Albert River Park and Skinners Park. During the paddle you will cruise past Eagleby Wetlands, known for having recorded over 200 bird species including 19 of the 24 Australian Raptors. River access is via an entry / exit platform on the pontoon located in the northern portion of the park (closest to Ramu Street).
When planning your route:
- Always paddle with at least one other person.
- Make sure you tell someone where you are going and your expected return time.
- Consider the paddling experience and fitness level of your group (groups of 3 or 4 are recommended for longer paddle trips).
- Check the weather reports, tide and wind conditions before leaving. Water levels and currents can affect the trip difficulty and watercraft entry and exit. It is best to paddle with the tide.
- Check the condition of your equipment. You should wear properly fitted Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs).
- Consider other water users - look out for boats, jetskis and anglers and paddle close to the shore.
- Be aware of weather conditions and water temperature. Prepare for changes in weather and the possibility of a capsize. If paddling in cold water, a wet suit or dry suit can keep you warm and comfortable. In warm weather, wear a long sleeve shirt, hat and sunscreen to provide sun protection.
- Pack all necessary gear in a waterproof container, including:
- mobile phone with emergency contacts
- Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)
- waterproof jacket
- food and drinking water
- first aid kit
- sunscreen and insect repellent.
- Protect the environment by:
- taking your rubbish home
- discarding fishing line appropriately
- observing plants and animals, don’t disturb them
- only using designated access points.
- Seek qualified instruction to learn proper paddling techniques, water safety and basic first aid.
- Consider other safety guidelines - visit the Paddle Australia website or download their Paddle Prep app.
Sharing our waterways safely
The City of Logan has two major River systems (Logan River and Albert River) as well creeks, wetlands and dams. These natural areas provide many recreational opportunities such as fishing, paddling and boating. Our waterways and waterbodies are also home to a variety of plants, animals and microorganisms. It is important to know that some of these are potentially dangerous. These include:
- algae and other microorganisms.
You can find these life forms living in salty, brackish and fresh water throughout Logan.
If you enjoy recreational activities on or in the water, act responsibly and be aware you may encounter potentially dangerous species.
Be aware of bull sharks
How to minimise the risk of an encounter with a shark:
- Don’t swim in lakes, near estuary mouths or in murky waters.
- Leave the water immediately if you see a shark.
- Don’t swim after dusk, at night or before dawn.
- Never swim alone or with animals such as your dog.
- Avoid swimming near schools of fish.
Be aware of stonefish and catfish
- Watch where you are walking in the water - stonefish and catfish can be very hard to see.
- Wear shoes if walking in the water.
- Avoid handling stonefish and catfish. When fishing, it’s often safer to cut the line or use long pliers to remove hooks.
Be aware of dangerous micro-organisms including algae
- Pay attention to advisory signs about dangerous micro-organisms like blue-green algae. These algae are generally found in warm, still water.
- Most micro-organisms are harmless but dangerous species can be present at any time.
- Avoid water that has discolouration or a strong smell.
- Avoid contact with floodwaters for up to five days after heavy rainfall and high water levels as potential risks from bacteria is carried into waterways.
Read more about blue-green algae.