18July 2014: Heavy
winds and seas pounding the sand bar. However it will probably
need 30-40mm to push it out. Lake needs to rise about half
a metre to do it. Probably only a matter a few weeks and that will turn
up. However in the interim, plenty of water and fish for the
30 June 2014: Some more rain has
fallen, about 10mm max this time. Just enough to keep the ground
wet and any further rain likely to be mainly run off, and into the lake. The
lake is not far off breaking out. Maybe another 20-30mm (lake
level) might do it. One more good East-Coast Low and it will be
As you see
the wooden jetty is under water (background) and the ramps (which work so much
better) onto the floating jetties are pointing
slightly up. The concrete wall (lower left) is just poking above
the water, and the effects of the wild windy weather on weed is shown at the bottom. The
floor of the cleaning table is only about 100mm above the water
12 June 2014: We have had about 40mm since the last report and
this has topped up the lake somewhat with major parts of the Mud
Islands being covered and making for easy boat navigation.
Fishing activity has slowed somewhat with only a few boats taking
advantage of the mild weather and clear, calm days.
3 May 2014:
There has been a slight drop in the lake, but still and ideal
height for boating, and if one's luck or skill is good enough for
fishing as well. Main ramps have been easy to use and not crowded.
14 April 2014: Well
I measured it at 80mm over the weekend and I was amazed at how the lake
had lifted. Opinions were varied at the local watering hole, ie the
Tavern, some saying 5 feet!! others saying a half a metre. On the
conservative side I would tend to say 500mm approx, but this is still a
very significant amount. All the sand bars that were in
front of the Tavern over Jan/Feb have been covered. Apparently
there is more to come down, as the Nowa Nowa Montain auto' rain
recording had120mm and Boggy Creek is still pushing plenty of water
down. What this means to the Easter fishing remains to be seen.
The ground is soggy, so any more in the next week or so will lift
the level even further. Stay tuned.
20 March 2014:
With Easter around the corner a report on the level of the lake will
not be out of order, and I am sorry to report that it is at one of its
lowest times for this summer. We have had about 17mm of rain this
last fortnight but it hardly made a difference, though I am sure the
plants on the banks of the lake would have appreciated it. So a lot of
the sand flats around the Mud Islands are exposed and water directly
behind the sandbar is divided into smaller channels. The water
quality is good with only isolated reports of annoying weed.
However lower water usually means hotter water and less for the
fish to hide in :-) plus boating people beware, less for boats!!
18 January 2014: We have probably seen the best of the
lake depth for a while unless there is a cool change and we get some
decent rains. Evaporation is revealing a few sand bars that were
hidden by a few 10's of centimetres a month ago, are now peaking
through the water. The large area of shallows around the islands
will become gradually un-navigable even for canoes with the shallowest
of drafts. There is still plenty of good water around though and
the half glass full people will tell you there is less water for the
fish to hide in :-) Just keep an eye out when underway at high speed
that a path you zoomed over effortlessly may be a lot shallower than it
was 1 month ago.
14 December 2013: The sandbar is pretty well
established and the lake is relatively high, though it will decrease
slowly over summer with evapouration and leakage back under the sand
bar. However rain could easily top it up. We have had good
rains this year generally speaking and no reason why could could get
more. The fish may begin to stabilize a bit more with this closed
over and the water temperature allowed to rise.
26 November 2013: The lake has continued to stay open, some
rains and associated storms has kept the bar open and gradually
moving across to the eastern side of the bar. West to East
currents gradually build san up on the West side and any strong outflow
from the tides and rains tend to eat away at the east side. The
water in lake though seems extremely healthy with plenty of good weed
(ie not Blue Green). However with the opening nearly closed it is
at a low level, and when it does close it will get even lower.
The tides keep it higher, but when it closes and the tides are
not at least putting some in during high tide, it seeps out through the
bar and levels out at the mean tide level, often a good 30-40cm below
where it is now. The lake will not rise until either enough
debris blocks the porous sand on the bar (eg algae and slime) or there
is enough rain to tip the balance in favour of more water flowing into
the lake from Boggy Creek than what is escaping through the sandbar.
I suspect we will have a low lake over summer.
30th June 2013: The channel through the sandbar has
narrowed and deepened with strong tidal flows occuring. The
channel back into the lake is mainly down the between the islands and
may not be very conducive to keeping the boating channels open past the
Nos2 Boat Ramp or freshening up the waters in front of the Tavern car
park. However the water is good and clean and definitely giving
the tannin laden water from the catchment a good fluxh in the lower
lake. To go from very, very low to break out in 5 days of rain
must be some sort of depth record.
17th June 2013: Well
what a downpour that was, and maybe a little more to come. The
water is lapping into the Tavern carpark, covering the corner of the
lowest car park. The walkway around to the beach is covered and
the boards on the Number 2 Boat Ramp
Jetty are just about covered
as well. The floating jetties however are working well with the
new ramps on the first section. (Wayne and Gus communicating with
others). 12 hours later it broke out
through the sand bar all by itself this time.
June 2013: Finally
rain heavy enough to really lift the lake level. The area in
front of the Tavern carpark is just about completely covered with a
15-30cm of water. The big blow from the South on Friday caused
the sea to wash over into the lake which will have also contributed to
the rise as well. the rainfall would have been in the order
|June 14 am with sea washing over the sandbar
One day later June 15 pm with sand flats covered
17th January 2013: There
has been little rain and only minor high tides flooding in so the lake
has been dropping to its minimum at this time. There are large
area of sand exposed and algae drying out on it behind the bar.
This current hot dry spell is lovely weather for activities but
it is taking its toll on the lake level. Lighter boats are
still easy to launch and can navigate easily where most of the fish are
to found. Here is a view from one of the tracks at the end of our
street out onto the sand behind the bar. (Petmans Beach is behind
the far dune)