Jen Stevenson, President, American River Progress Association, Kangaroo Island, wants visitors to come and enjoy all that the River has to offer.

At the river: The community has built playgrounds and tennis courts. Photo: Supplied.

At the river: The community has built playgrounds and tennis courts. Photo: Supplied.

Isn’t it a pity that the majority of tourist coming to Kangaroo Island are not aware that June and July can be the best months over here, and especially in American River.   

Pelicans: There's plenty of bird life at the River. Photo: Steve Howell.

Pelicans: There's plenty of bird life at the River. Photo: Steve Howell.

If you have the time and the legs, try doing the walk from the camping ground to Independence Point and back – approximately 7.2 km.

This time of year there is so much bird life on and around the water, and early mornings the water is so flat it begs you to come and enjoy it.  

Dragon Boaters: Paddling Pelican Lagoon. Photo: Supplied.

Dragon Boaters: Paddling Pelican Lagoon. Photo: Supplied.

If you are here late Wednesday afternoons or early Sunday mornings, you will catch a glimpse of our intrepid dragon boaters taking to the water in all weather; such brave souls.  

Over the past three to four years there has been quite a bit of growth in the River. We have had several new homes built, gaining people from the mainland, who like many of us, came for a visit and decided to stay.

The community has built playgrounds and walking/bike trails, along with regular trails and tennis courts, which serve as netball and basketball courts, and there are quite a few things in the pipeline which will come to fruition over the next couple of years.   

It is becoming quite the place to be! 

We wait with interest and anticipation, the building of the new resort. Cleaning up has already started on the acreage, and let’s hope this is a huge positive for the River, for tourism and employment.  

Not forgetting that we still have our great restaurants, Wanderer’s Rest and the Mercure Lodge for delightful evening dining and the American River Sporting and Community Club better known as The Shed which is open Friday night, Saturday and Tuesday nights with good tucker for all the family.  The Oyster Shop and Deck Café look after the lunchtime trade.   

Fishing has been good in the River over the past weeks (always a good time of year), so try a charter with the Tory M. While you’re here, call into the RIG shed see what the lads are up to.

These are just a few things that are making our part of the island a great place to be and American River Progress is proud to be part of this and look forward to the coming months and years. BRING IT ON!

American River Progress Association

President: Jen Stevenson, Vice President: Richard Cotetrill, Treasurer: Maurene Worrell, Secretary: Jasper Taylor.

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