American River
American River

Pennington Bay is a spectacular Surf Beach only 35 minutes from the Lodge

American River is a pretty little fishing village set on picturesque Eastern Cove at the entrance to Pelican Lagoon. A narrow tidal channel, known locally as 'The River', separates Pelican Lagoon and Eastern Cove. This channel forms the Island's most protected harbour. The village nestles on the hillside in native bushland, offering superb views of Eastern Cove and the mainland. The bushland surrounding the village is habitat to the endangered Glossy Black Cockatoo, which are often seen in the area. Eastern Cove, the outer bay, offers excellent sailing and fishing in semi-protected waters. The village of American River supports these pursuits with an excellent boat ramp, barbecue and picnic facilities, fishing charters and boat hire. Pelican Lagoon, the inner bay, is a natural fish nursery and is protected as an Aquatic Reserve. The islands within the lagoon are important bird-breeding habitats. Black Swans, Cape Barren Geese, Australian Pelicans and other birds make the area an excellent bird-watching destination. The foreshore and the Fish Cannery Walking Trail are great places to pursue this.

Luxury Accommodation

If you are looking for luxury accommodation near American River why not have a look at Sea Dragon Lodge. Set on a 250 acre wildlife sanctuary, with its very own secluded, pristine beach and spectacular ocean views, Sea Dragon Lodge offers a special holiday experience that combines the best that Kangaroo Island has to offer in one unique package.


Try your luck at fishing off at American River’s Wharf - tommy ruff, trevally, snook and King George whiting are common here and can be caught in peaceful, picturesque surroundings over looking Strawbridge Point. For the keener fisherman, why not hire a serious fishing boat from KI Boat Hire . They can also supply fishing guides, tackle, bait... the lot.

American River Oysters

A "must visit" at American River is the American River Oyster Shop. If like oysters you will love this shop. Oysters fresh from their farm located nearby, can be bought schucked or unshucked. The shop is open between 11am to 3pm weekdays.


Drive through American River along the edge of the bay as far as you can go, then follow the walking path along the edge of Eastern Cove towards Ballast Head. This walk offers beautiful views and lots of wildlife. Another great walk is to the top of Constitution Hill just next to the turn off to Pennington Bay about 5 minutes drive from American River. You will get commanding views of both the Southern Ocean, Eastern Cove and Backstair's Passage.

Pennington Bay

Pennington Bay is simply one of the best beaches on the island... the picture below says it all.
Pennington Bay is a short 7 minute drive from American River.