water level of the Cooper Creek at Walker Crossing?

Anyone know how deep the Cooper is at the Walker Crossing? Would the Innaminka Trading Post know? Thanks.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 21:33

Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 21:33
I expect Walkers Crossing is totally dry. AFAIK, the water never made it that far down Cooper Creek.
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Follow Up By: Outbackogre - Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 22:11

Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 22:11
Thanks Phil. I was assuming that the Cooper fed into Lake Eyre, but I suppose that's more likely to be the Diamentina and/or Warburton. Cheers.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 22:50

Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 22:50
A lot of the recent media hype about lake Eyre has put these misconceptions around. At the start of the year, Cooper Creek was flooding up north, but the water didn't get past Coongie Lake. Certainly a lot less water than 2004 when the water reached Lake Hope.

Warburton Creek has been responsible for the splash of water in Lake Eyre that people are getting excited (and disappointed) about. Diamantina flows into the Warburton.
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Follow Up By: Member - Kim and Doug (QLD) - Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 11:06

Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 11:06
correct me if Im wrong but the cooper creek goes through Innamincka and water was over the cause way in town about a foot and traveling at about 6knots in mid may 09
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 13:15

Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 13:15
That's correct the causway was flooded although I don't think it was ever closed. That water floods into Coongie Lakes which when full overflows continuing down the Cooper creek, over Walker crossing down to Lake Eyre. Although Coongie has alot of water, it never filled so this year that's as far as it will get. Some local heavy rain fell throughout the desert area early on which made some of these rivers run for a short period which may have contributed to the confusion.
Cheers Craig.........
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 19:33

Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 19:33
Gday Kim,
Yep as Craig said.
There's a lot of distance between Innamincka and Lake Eyre. The water fills the many Lakes on the way and also disappears underground.

So it is common to have water over the Causeway at Innamincka. Its uncommon for it to reach Lake Eyre. I haven't looked up the numbers but in the years I've headed up that way, I'd guess water crossed the Birdsville track in 1974, 1989 and maybe 2000. The water that came down the Cooper this year was well short of those years - unfortunately flooding gets hyped up a bit in the media and also on forums. We all get a bit excited.

Cheers
phil
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Reply By: jdphoto - Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 12:53

Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 12:53
I was out that way last week. No water at all at Walkers Crossing.

Cooper is flowing at Innaminka, but not over causeway anymore.

Coongie Lakes nice and full though.

Hope this helps.

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Reply By: Outbackogre - Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 13:51

Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 13:51
Thanks everyone. I hope to travel from Innaminka to Birdsville Track via Walker Crossing in a few weeks time. Cheers. Rob.
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