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Camden Haven River

The Camden Haven River starts high up on the Great Escarpment and the Comboyne Plateau at an elevation of 698m and flows east through state forests and fertile valleys for its relatively short length of 72.4 kilometres. As it meanders through historic townships and districts such as Lorne and Kendall it is a small but very scenic river that then broadens dramatically as it reaches the Pacific Highway, the first place many travellers actually see the river. It then becomes part of an expansive waterways system flowing through Watson Taylors Lake before travelling to the township of Laurieton where it joins with water from Queens Lake before its broad calm waters travel by North Haven and Dunbogan to enter the Pacific Ocean at Camden Head.

In early colonial times it was an important transport route for the red cedar timber trade and later farming ventures but todays its value is in the activities that take place on the river of fishing, boating and kayaking and recreational use of surrounding national parks and State Forests.