The river rises in steep forest and then flows through a wider cleared valley into Lake Eildon. River width is 8-10m upstream at Sheepyard Flat and from 8-20m downstream. Riparian vegetation present is dominated by native forest upstream, with blackberry, willow and patches of native vegetation downstream in the farmland. There is some bank erosion in the lower reaches. Substrate upstream is rock, rubble and gravel with rapids, cascades, shallow riffles and pools. There is good access to camping areas (no facilities) and fishing spots from Merrijig to Sheepyard Flat via the Grammar School Road. This area is popular for camping and fishing trips.