The region is home to three of Australia's oldest rowing clubs with Rutherglen Lake, Wahgunyah and Corowa rowing clubs all dating back to around 1860. Today the region plays host to the longest running rowing regatta in the country. Held annually at Lake Moodemere in January the regatta attracts hundreds of rowers from around the country for two jam-packed days of sprint and long course events.
Canoeing and kayaking is also popular, particularly on the calm waters of Lake Moodemere.
Water skiing and wakeboarding is a popular past time all along the Murray, and Wahgunyah and Rutherglen prove no exception with the hum of ski-boats a regular feature on the river in the warmer months. There is good skiing in wide expanses north and south of Wahgunyah. Launch ramps are situated at the Corowa Caravan Park and the Stanton’s Bend reserve.
Lake Moodemere offers calm waters which can be good for beginners, though being a relatively small lake is restricted to one boat on the water at a time.
There are three other great options all within an hour’s drive of Rutherglen - this includes Lake Hume upstream, the skiing mecca of Bundalong and Lake Mulwala downstream, and the picturesque Lake Buffalo near Myrtleford.
A cooling dip in the river is fantastic on a hot summer's day in Rutherglen. The best options are the popular reserves The Willows in Wahgunyah and Rowers Park in Corowa. Be aware The Murray River is fast flowing in places and there may be submerged logs and other obstructions under the water. Always go swimming with a friend. Lake Moodemere is generally calm and offers some good swimming spots in a picturesque setting.
Both Rutherglen and Corowa have outdoor public swimming pools open seasonally.
For detail on some of the freshwater fishing to be enjoyed around Rutherglen and Wahgunyah please visit our fishing page here.