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Lake Argyle

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Lake Argyle was formed by the daming up of the Ord River to provide irrigation water for the Kununurra region. It covers an area of around 700 square kilometres and is the largest man-made lake in Australia.

The Lake Argyle Tourist Village is situated near the dam wall some 70 kilometres from Kununurra and has a camping ground and a boat launching ramp.

I canoed on the lake but this isn't usually recommended. The vast size of the lake means that windy, stormy weather can produce very rough water. The area closer to the village is sheltered by several islands which are hills protruding above the current water level.

The construction of the dam wall trapped Estuarine Crocodiles within the lake and apparently these have continued to breed, particularly around the southern parts where the river flows into the lake.


These are part of the chain of islands which provide some shelter to the northern part of the lake in rough weather. That's why I canoed only this area. It's wide enough to take quite a lot of time to get around and is also very picturesque. But crocodiles are always a possibility.


Gliding silently around waters like these is magic.


The filling of the lake drowned much vegetation. Trees not used to waterlogging year round are now stark skeletons rising up out of the shallow margins of the lake. But these provide perches and vantage points for water birds.


With a great stretch of the imagination (very great stretch) this ridge line looks a bit like the head of a crocodile.


What were rugged hills and rocky gullies and valleys are now meandering scenic waterways.

This region is semi-arid although monsoonal. It sits not far above the Great Sandy Desert. The sparse vegetation coupled with colourful rock provide spectacular scenery.


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