Coongie Lakes in SA - Dry or do they have water in them?

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 31, 2019 at 12:38
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I'm assuming that these Lakes are dry but I thought I would still ask the question.... Yes (Water) or No (Bone Dry) ??

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Reply By: Gbc.. - Thursday, Jan 31, 2019 at 13:16

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019 at 13:16
Give it a week. Rain all through the QLD side of the Cooper Ck catchment over the last 24 hrs and more to come with any luck for the guys out that way.
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Reply By: mechpete - Thursday, Jan 31, 2019 at 14:59

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019 at 14:59
june last year it had noticeably got less water
but it would have some
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Reply By: Member - Jim S1 - Thursday, Jan 31, 2019 at 15:43

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019 at 15:43
It's actually quite a buzz to be on the lake edge and watch the water slowly, slowly rising.

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Reply By: Phil G - Friday, Feb 01, 2019 at 23:33

Friday, Feb 01, 2019 at 23:33
Coongie Lakes is dry again.
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Follow Up By: RobMac (QLD_Member) - Sunday, Feb 03, 2019 at 08:13

Sunday, Feb 03, 2019 at 08:13
I was hoping that wasn't the case but I guess its to be expected with the lack of any rainfall.... Not sure with all this rain up north as to which direction it will flow.... maybe some of it will head south?
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Follow Up By: Phil G - Sunday, Feb 03, 2019 at 09:36

Sunday, Feb 03, 2019 at 09:36
Rob, look up Friends of Innamincka's facebook page - they posted a photo of the totally dry lake last month: Facebook Link

I'd be doubtful about how much of the flooding rains in Townsville will reach Coongie Lakes. I expect any water coming down will get hived off for irrigation before it crosses the SA border. Need flooding rains over most of the catchment:
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Follow Up By: Greg J1 - Sunday, Feb 03, 2019 at 11:34

Sunday, Feb 03, 2019 at 11:34
Phil.

Seeing as how Townsville is east ot the great divide it’s a pretty safe bet to say none of the rain in Townsville will make it to sa.

As for the water being hived off for irrigation, where exactly along the cooper catchment are the irrigation areas ?

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Follow Up By: RobMac (QLD_Member) - Sunday, Feb 03, 2019 at 12:22

Sunday, Feb 03, 2019 at 12:22
Wow... Thanks for the FB site, sad to see the lake system so dry. For the lakes to fill it looks like water needs to flow down the Cooper Ck which doesn’t look like it’s going to happen this year ??
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Follow Up By: Phil G - Sunday, Feb 03, 2019 at 13:12

Sunday, Feb 03, 2019 at 13:12
Gday Greg,
Apologies - was typed in haste this morning as my wife kept reminding me about what I was supposed to be doing :-)
Rain currently falling in the top of the Cooper Basin is insufficient to flood the Cooper.
And I should have referred to "land users" rather than "irrigation"

But to have Coongie Lakes completely dry is an unusual event. We were out there last year after water came down the Cooper and the Lakes were partly refilled, but nowhere near the birdlife we had seen on previous trips.
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Reply By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Sunday, Feb 03, 2019 at 13:52

Sunday, Feb 03, 2019 at 13:52
Hi Rob. Saw the lakes with plenty of inflow back in 2009.
Pix here:Coongie Lake - SA
The Barcoo and Cooper are yet to have much inflow but the wet has only just started. BoM link: http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/flood/index.shtml?ref=hdr
The headwaters could get 500 mm of rain (or almost nothing) in the next month. If it's the former then the lakes will be wet by late April............W
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