LAKE EYRE - is it filling?

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 18:52
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I don't know what water catchments/rivers etc feed through to lake Eyre but I was wondering if all this rain that parts of NT and QSLD is gettiing will eventually get into Lake Eyre

If it is /will I reckon it would be worth taking a plane ride over the Lake to see

Your comments appreciated :-)
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Reply By: Willem - Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 19:09

Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 19:09
Lake Eyre is fed by the Diamantina River/Warburton and Cooper Creeks.

It takes 3 to 4 months for the waters to reach Lake Eyre if heavy falls are experienced in the headwaters which lie in the Central Queensland area of Winton, Longreach, Barcaldine, Muttaburra and Aramac.

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Follow Up By: KiwiAngler - Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 19:33

Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 19:33
So, other than watching to see if all the Pelicans leave the coast and start to head inland :-) :-) how can I check to see when/if the lake is filling?

Is there a website?

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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 19:40

Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 19:40
Try contacting the Lake Eyre Yacht Club in Marree


Lake Eyre

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Follow Up By: KiwiAngler - Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 19:45

Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 19:45
Willem

Thanks for link - data is showing as last update " 20th November 2007"

I will send them an e-mail and ask when/if they are planning on an update which might show us the 'now' situation

I have put the URL in my favourites :-)
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Follow Up By: Member - extfilm (NSW) - Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 20:47

Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 20:47
I am a member of LEYC LOL. I think if I remember rightly my certificate says I am member number 3 in NSW........
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Yalgoo) - Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 04:31

Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 04:31
In about 1980 the Lakes dried up after filling in 74 all the pelicans started making their way to the coast. At wudinna we had 2 ovals the school and town ovals and they were chokka block with pelicans having a breather on their way back to the coast
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Reply By: MartyB - Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 19:14

Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 19:14
Kiwi,
Yes, The Thomson around Longreach is is flood. This is one of the three rivers that flow into Cooper Ck & eventually into Lake Eyre.
I did a plane trp from Longreach following Cooper Ck etc in the 90's. It was an impressive flight, we spent the night in Birdsville.
Check on the conditions before going, when we did it we were too early and most of the flood water had not reached the Lake yet.

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Follow Up By: KiwiAngler - Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 19:34

Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 19:34
I passed the Southern end of the lake last year on my return from crossing the Simpson and whilst impressed with the size of the salt pan would really like to see it with some water in it
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Follow Up By: KiwiAngler - Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 19:37

Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 19:37
I also checked at William Creek about taking a flight but the guy said it wasn't worth it if I wanted to see water - but he was very happy and willing to take me if I wanted to see salt :-) :-)
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 21:54

Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 21:54
Kiwi,

The flood in the Thomson is only expected to arrive in Longreach tomorrow - Friday. The flood in the Barcoo is around Blackall, or slightly downstream of there, and they could join up together once they hit Cooper Creek. There'd be plenty of water then, from Windorah, down towards Nappa Merrie. But unless the Georgina and Diamantina both flood too, in the near future, then you might as well pi$$ in a bucket, and throw that into Lake Eyre.

The Diamantina has flooded about 4 times over the past month, but none of the floods have been big.

Check the BOM site for flood levels, then plan your trip. As Willem said, it takes months for the waters to get into the lake, and even more time to make anything like an inland sea.

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Reply By: Dave B (NSW) - Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 23:41

Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 23:41
Kiwi, check this site out, it will give you the latest info.
Follow the links with 'warning' on them.

Have your atlas handy too and think about how dry the land has been over the last few years .
The land is pretty flat and so there wont be a great rush of water, plus I reckon the ground will be like blotting paper.

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