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Make sure you enjoy your trip to the River Murray by staying safe. Most importantly, do your research on the places you’ll be visiting so you can be best prepared.

Here are some useful links to safety information to help you get started. Your safety is our concern but ultimately your responsibility.

River Murray flows

The weekly River Murray Flow Report providesinformation about water levels, flow rates and barrage operations as well asany navigation issues or construction activities.

A River Murray High Flow Advice is also issued when flows at theSouth Australian border are more than 40 000 ML/day.

Subscribe to receive the River Murray Flow report each week.


A number of activities are underway to assess South Australia’s flood risk, including along the River Murray.

Information about the risk of flood at different flow rates along the river is available on the Flood Awareness Map.

For near real-time information on current SA SES warnings, incidents and, when available, locations to collect sandbags, visit the SA SES website. You can also follow the SA State Emergency Service Facebook page.

Safety on the water

If you are travelling to the river area remember to exercise caution in light of the high flows. Currents are often stronger than they appear.

When swimming, always wear a life jacket and only swim in areas that are slow-flowing and free of submerged hazards. Find out more about respecting the river on the RoyalLife Saving website.

When travelling on houseboats or smaller watercraft, it’s advisable to contact commercial houseboat operators for advice. Alternatively visit Destination Riverland's website for further information.

It’s never a good idea to mix water and alcohol. Please be mindful when considering drinking in the area.

National Parks and Camping

We’ve compiled some safety tips to help make your National Parks experience a safe and happy one, and many can be applied to any visit to the river. Remember to always take direction from our park rangers as they have the greatest knowledge of local conditions.

Check the national parks website to find up to date information on park closures.

Also remember to Fight the Bite to avoid mosquito bites becoming something more serious.


A hazard map and related information for the River Murray, Murray Lakes and Lake Bonney is maintained by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.

A number of maps showing the location of hazards in Lakes Alexandrinaand Albert have also been developed by the department.

Recreational boating

The South Australian Recreational Boating Safety Handbook provides information about licensing and registration requirements, planning and preparation, safety equipment, navigation, protecting the environment and more.

Speed limits are in place along sections of the River Murray for the safety of all water users.

Riverbank collapse

Riverbank collapse is more likely to occur during times of low water levels. There have been no reported incidents of riverbank collapse since early 2011.

Blue green algae

The River Murray is routinely monitored for blue green algae. If blooms occur, theDepartment for Health and Ageing or Local Government issue information andadvice to the public.