of the Sand Bar at Lake
dramatic photos of what levels the lake can reach also see HowDeep.
7 July 2016: The Lake has
opened naturally after torrential rain up in the catchment area with
falls around the 150-170mm mark . Lake Tyers Beach was only able to
muster about 40mm (some locals reported around 60mm). The BOM Radar site indicated a very heavy fall
associated with an East Coast Low
across this area.
The lake rose about 140cm in the matter of a
couple of days and reached the magic peak of about 220cm on the Number
2 Boat Ramp Rule at about 8 am and it began to break through people
were able to get up relatively close (definitely not recommended as the
sand can collapse without warning and you could be washed out)
and record some video of it. See Frank Flynn's video work.
Magnificent photo Frank, superb atmosphere!!! (Looking East across the opening to Petmans Beach)
4 December 2015: The bar has
just about returned. Only a small amount washing in at high tide
and then a trickle out over the very minimal bar the rest of the
tide. The water in the lower lake is exceptionally clear at the
moment and must be ideal to swim in around the bar. make the most
of it now as it will lose that pristine state as
summer goes on.
27 November 2015: A huge South
Westerly storm has blown in yesterday and reopened the lake. The
sandbar that was consolidating the day before has been washed out
and there is a clear run into the ocean. The incoming high
tide was washing in this morning with a line of about 12
Pelicans fishing for any treats trying to enter the lake.
There is a shallow, but significant bar on the inside of the opening
and this will probably be the basis for the next bar to build on.
However for the moment the complete closure has been set back at least
a week or two.
22 November 2015: The lake has
closed over and barring any major storms or rain events in the next few
weeks will consolidate into a sandbar that will last the summer months
until we see it break again in 2016. Those people who chase the
Prawns will be happy as it nmeans the main population is now hemmed
into the lake and trapped. We will look forward to new fishing
conditions and challenges.
9 Augus 2015: The Lake Tyers
sandbar was breached last night and the lake is emptying today.
There is a massive slot cut throught the center of the sandbar and the
water in the lake is draining very quickly. Unlike previous years this
slot is massive and not shallow and wide. The wait for a really high
before an opening occured (naturally or otherwise) appears to have been
worth it. The lake level was measured at
2.18m (218cm) the day before the breakout, so the estimate of 2.2m for
a break out was pretty accurate.
NB: Extra close up
of the opening Those people sure look small....
The 2014 opening was
one of the longest for quite a while going from
the mid August to mid January, it will definitely mean we will
have native prawn larvae that come down from the northern seas in the
lake again for a few more seasons. We also have King Prawns that have
been introduced in a stocking program to the lake as well. These
are also present naturally but the study is seeing if it is possible to
boost these numbers.
20 December 2014: Some
heavy rain probably about 100mm over the last two months has kept the
opening fairly deep and will definitely be running in the new
year. the channel could be a very popular prawning
location. However take care (especially at night as there is a
big danger of being knocked over and swept out).
1 September 2014: A reasonably
shallow opening but may narrow and deepen with daily tidal movement.
20th August 2014
Well almost exactly a year later but this time opened by man, not
naturally. (From #2 Boat Ramp)
The opening from the Number 2 Boat ramp looking back towards the ocean,
a broad shallow opening at this stage.
The lake has
been dug through by a person from Lakes Entrance. The authorities
were contemplating opening it themselves, as they felt more rains
was imminent and very likely to cause the lake to open on its
own. This was not good enough for one person at least who took
the matter into his own hands. Some claim it needed another 20cm
of water to go naturally, and this extra depth of water is a massive
amount. The extra water could have cut a deeper channel and
increased the chances of significant fish stocks being exchanged with
the sea. If the opening seals over quickly, then the critics will
be right!!! 2013's opening, a natural one, remained open from
June to November and allowed very significant tidal exchanges. (We did
get 30-40mm rain in the following week, so we could have waited).
The jetties were covered leading in to this state.
As shown above by Rob (Daff) Rawlings Photo!!
(Almost like launching your boat in the car park!!)
25th Agust 2013
The opening has been very wide and tidal flows very strong. Many
locals say this is an exceptional opening.
26 July 2013
The sandbar is forming its usual patterns inside the lake, revealing
where past breaks have been.
18th June 2013
Well the sandbar has gone again, but something of a record this time in
that heavy rain started on Wednesday pm with the lake at its lowest ebb
for ages, and filled through to opening Tuesday am. No
incremental build ups and final break through, just straight up and
through this time. A real sprint!! Estimates vary widly
about the rainfall some say about 200+mm other say closer to 150+mm,
either way it was a spectacular fill.
Below is a dramatic shot of the current flowing out of the lake into
the ocean taken from Beacons Reserve.
2012, 9th of October
Nearly closed over, only high tides are washing into the lake, the
channel is just a shallow trickle most of the time.
2012, 6th of June
Wednesday morning (below) it has truly opened and water moving
out to sea,
Tuesday Lunch time (below), not sure if this will be a full
opening or not but here are some photos to give you the atmosphere of
A broad shallow opening, or should it be called a bridged sandbar as
the lake is just not dropping quick enough. Maybe the tides are
not low enough to create a big "channel cutting" rush?
Girls enjoying a cold day's sightseeing in the Tavern car park.
Is there are mad man loose out there that I can see?
Phew!!! Thanks goodness - it is not a mad man, just Frank Flynn chasing
the perfect shot, talk about keen???!!!!
Panorama Christmas/New Year at Lake
(A full 360 taken and prepared by Nicholas Ward, click on it if you
like to see the big 1.4Mb image )
Panorama - August 27 2011 the lake has opened again, but closed by Xmas.
Panorama - June 2011 and the Lake is still closed but much deeper.
Panorama - August 2009
and the Lake is closed.
it has opened in recent times and, below is chronicled the few openings
that I have witnessed (in reverse order chronologically).
December2008/January2009: This time the sand bar was
with shovels. The gap was made to the east of the last
opening and was not that deep or long lasting as the lake was not that
high when the breach was made.
Panorama of the
westerly man made entrance.
How did a couple of men dig though the sandbar? Well
the photograph below shows that during a storm in December
bar was low enough for storms to wash over into the lake. If
bar had been left alone it would have probably built up and the high
retained for quite a while, until it burst through naturally again.
Once a narrow channel had been dug that night, the small
deluge, and the bar was broken. Apparently the people
were fined for this unauthorised interference.
Panorama of a naturally made
December 2007: Natural entrance shown below created by storms earlier
at the middle of that year.
Note the entrance is silting up with the easterly drift of sand along
90 Mile Beach. The
entrance is nearly closed again.
August 2007: The eastern side of the entrance is building up
with sand wash from the 90 Mile Beach and generally prevailing westerly
from the air after a few months (September,2007) it looked like this...
entrance created shown below was at the height of the storms mid 2007.
The regional floods stopped traffic on the Princes Highway at
locations, as the Tambo, Nicholson, Mitchell, Avon all flooded.
The most significant for traffic was the Mitchell River at
Bairnsdale, being the last main road to open.
The huge force of this natural opening in June 2007 is evident as shown
here with the breadth and energy of the breach. The
was very tidal and huge quantities of sea water washed in and out on
the tides for many months afterwards. The fishing in the lake
quite depressed during this time.
However it is not recommended to be this close to the
action!!! No matter how interesting!!!
Ariel Photos: This following picture is in
the posession of Gus and Lorraine and have kindly allowed me to show a
retouched copy of the original. If you have the band width you
may like to click on the photo and see if you house was built then.
Does anyone have an idea of the date of this photo? Well one
person (thanks!) has phoned in and places it in the 1970's. Can anyone
else corroborate that suggestion?
Just to further whet your taste buds, here is an older aerial
photograph of the
early Lake Tyers Beach with some indication of the sand bar.
Bec and Daff have this as a kind of postcard, do you have
anything you would like to share? Thanks to a fan of the site we have
agreed on 1985, however another person has suggested it is more likely
in the 1960's. If you check it closely you can see the massive
Norfolk Island Pine (now in the front decking of the Tavern) when it
was much smaller.
out these aerial images of the Lake
Entrance opening courtesy http://www.lesmp.vic.gov.au - very
interesting indeed! Especially the 1944 photo.