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How much water is in Lake Tyers?

How deep, or what is the lake level at?  It is relatively difficult to say what the level of a small-ish lake is when there there is no "mean tide" level to work against.  So what ever is given here is just general advice and needs to be qualified by any local experience you can glean when visiting.
23 November 2014:  Not much to report.  the lake is still tidal and the opening is moving about a bit and laying down different little channels behind the main bar.  Quite a few people seem to enjoy trying their luck fishing in the short channel that is the opening.  Sorry no news on their success or otherwise (haha, would they be honest if I asked them?).  There should be a few comfortable little holes behind the main bar by the time summer gets here (by today's temperature it is going to be pretty soon) for a quiet swim with the littlies.
There are fairly big mats of green algae (not the blue green nasty stuff) growing quickly in the shallow waters behind the bar, and around the mud islands.  Today a southerly lifted a whole lot off and it quickly travelled across the lower lake area in a northerly direction across to the Aboriginal Trust.  This is a seasonal thing and will be over in a few weeks, but can be a bit daunting if you get a pile of it on your line.

Lake Level Indicator at Lake Tyers
13 September 2014:  The lake is open and freely tidal, with the southern part of the lake showing distinct tidal rush of waters.

The big news is though, someone has installed an official depth measurement rule on the concrete wall at Boat Ramp Number 2.  This will now become our gold plated standard for reporting on. 

If you don't usually launch you boat there and see the rule, you might like to visit it  so you know what we are talking about.  Here is a picture of what it looks like, though the significance is lost if you can't see it in the wider context.

What it does mean is that between very low level as it now (0.1m) the water has to rise about to 2.1m to break out.

20 July 2014: Lake has been opened by a man with a spade and produced a broad shallow entrance.  This will be deepened and narrowed by tidal action over the next weeks, until the SW to NE currents carrying sand along the 90mile beach begin to slowly close it over again.

View from Water Wheel Beach Tavern car park.
View from Waterwheel Beach Tavern car park
The old Boat Ramp at Number 2 boat Ramp Lake Tyers Beach
The old boat ramp near Number 2 Boat Ramp Lake Tyers Beach.
The vegetation will take a while to grow back as the lake was quite high, nearly full, for a couple of months.



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 persistent.

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 out!
Boat ramp Nos2 at Lake Tyers Beach
  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.

Front of the Tavern. Lake Tyers Beach14 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.




Lake Tyers in front of Water Wheel Beach Tavern20 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 heavy 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.

Waterwheel Tavern Car Park Jun 2013
 
15th 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 of 60mm.

June 14 am with sea washing over the sandbar
Sea washing over sandbar at Lake Tyers Beach
New level of Lake Tyers after heavy June rains
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)

How Deep is Lake Tyers 17 Jan 2013