Forth River (Tasmania)

The Forth River is a perennial river located in northwest Tasmania, Australia.

Location and features

The lower part of the river features Lake Barrington, which is a major venue for competitive rowing. It is also the location of the village of Forth.

The river is a part of the Mersey-Forth power project, which includes seven hydroelectric power stations. Three hydroelectric power stations have been built on the Forth River itself, including Cethana Power Station (impounding Lake Cethana); Devils Gate Power Station (impounding Lake Barrington); and Paloona Power Station (impounding Lake Paloona.)

The upper part of the river catchment area is also known as the Forth River High Country and contains the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park[1] with the source of the river being on the southern slopes of Mount Pelion West.

The catchment for the river is 1,126 square kilometres (435 sq mi).[2]

See also


  1. Haygarth, Nick (1998) A View to Cradle: A History of Tasmania's Forth River High Country ISBN 0-646-34293-2

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