Lake Eyre flood

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 08:32
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Hi all,

Just looking for some info on this year's Lake Eyre flood. Have read that water is now flowing into Lake Eyre North and just wondering if any water is expected to be visible from shoreline vantage points (Halligan's Bay, etc?).

Some info available at www.wrightsair.com but others may have some info as well?

Am heading up that way in a couple of weeks and would LOVE to see some water in the pond!

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Reply By: Member - Graeme W (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 08:50

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 08:50
Hi Plasnart,

Have a look at this thread:

Lake Eyre Thread

It looks like a flight might be the only way to see the water.

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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 10:23

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 10:23
You won't see water from Halligan's Bay or Level Post Bay. Should more water come down, then its visible at halligan's Bay first. But the water is only coming in via the Warburton so it will be more of a splash than a flood.

But as the roads open, its a great time to head north either side of Birdsville.Eyre Creek is flooded at present, and as the water receeds, I'd expect it to be a good time to wander out on the QAA but you'd have to leave that for another month or two. We did that about 5-6 years ago and the birdlife at Goonamillera Waterhole on the bypass track was great.
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Reply By: Robert H (SEQ)(aka zuksctr) - Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 12:16

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 12:16
Jamie Drury.on 7 this weekend is sailing on the Great Lake.
Any one who is interested should be good viewing(hope).

Bob.
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 17:56

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 17:56
Well the woman might enjoy watching Jamie rolling around in the mud as the depth will be that shallow I have my doubts he'll float a boat anywhere bar in the Warburton (dropped in by helicopter.)
When the lake was last half full with water visable from Haligans bay we attemted to enter the lake via the Warburton River & got no more than a KM before it was only knee deep. There's not even a 1/4 of that amount in the Lake at the moment so I doubt there will be too much sailing going on this weekend. In fact with the relatively little incoming flow it may barely be visable from the bank anywhere this year. I think alot are jumping the gun heading up to see the water with all the innacurate media reports going around. Satalite photo's show the water has almost 40km to go to get to haligans bay with over 500 square km's of area to cover!
Cheers Craig...
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Follow Up By: Robert H (SEQ)(aka zuksctr) - Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 19:36

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 19:36
You are shooting the messenger,i am only relaying it.So i lay F@#%$ shot down again.
You have obviously been out out there as i have not & i dont think Google Earth would be showing the depth either so you may shoot me again.:)
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 21:47

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 21:47
Sorry Rob, there was no intention to shoot the messeger rather having a shot at the poor media reports ("Lake Eyre to fill") & now this stunt to sail on the Lake when the water is clearly no where near the banks. Will indeed be interesting to see how they get the boat to the water.
Google is useless for looking at the water as they use old photos but the daily sat photos on the Lake Eyre Yacht club certainly shows it's progress down the Warburton Groove which from people I've spoken to say is about a metre deep, less in places.
Cheers Craig.............
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Reply By: Rick (S.A.) - Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 12:24

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 12:24
You may like to try these websites also:

http://www.asprg.adelaide.edu.au/RARGwww/dryland/rarg_dl-lakeeyre_flooding.html

http://www.asprg.adelaide.edu.au/RARGwww/dryland/rarg_dl-lakeeyre_floodimages.html

http://www.wrightsair.com.au/floodwaternews.htm

I have heard that in a few days there will be a pilot & 6 seater plane based at Marree for hire. If interested, my info is that Lyall Oldfield at the Oasis Cafe in Marree is organising things. He's a good bloke, a local - yeah, well with a name like that he'd have to be a local, eh?

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn H (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 14:20

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 14:20
Sailing craft from the LEYC -thats Lake Eyre Yacht Club- have been on the Warburton and an item about this will be featured on the "Sunday "program on Ch 7 at 6.30pm either on Sunday the 22 or 29th of March. How much water will be visible from ABC Point at Halligans bay is a moot point. Stay tuned to the link in the reply above to watch the water flowing in ...... G.H.
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Follow Up By: disco1942 - Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 20:19

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 20:19
For Lake Eyre Yacht Club see this link

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Reply By: Olsen's 4WD Tours and Training - Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 08:27

Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 08:27
I've been told it will still be 2 months before the peak (max water in the lake). We will be there on our 19 Day -4 Corners trip around 19 May and are planning flights over the lake.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 09:44

Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 09:44
Oh good, see you soon then!
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Follow Up By: Olsen's 4WD Tours and Training - Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 09:52

Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 09:52
Hi Ruth

I need a few more participants to make the 4 Corners trip a goer, but hanging in there hoping we will get a few more come along. it will be a good chance to see a bit of water. All going well, I will be in Birdsville twice this year. Once around 15 May then 9/10 June. See you soon I hope. Plenty of water there?
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