Wooleen lake comprises of two lakes joined by a neck and is 5,500 hectares (13,500 acres) – approx 3kms x 27kms
The lake receives water 1 in 4 years, fills 1 in 10 and floods 1 in 30!
It is a fresh water lake, created by a fault line. The Roderick River flows into the lake via a thicket and if it overfills flows into the Murchison. In flood times the Murchison River can flow back into the lake.
It attracts thousands of birds when full for nesting and some birds turn up prior to the rain even falling. A full list of Wooleen birds can be found here.
The Lake is listed as a nationally important wetland. even through it appears dry most of the time!
When the lake receives water thousands of species emerge from the ground including frogs, turtles, fish, crustaceans and many more. While these species have water they all lay their eggs on the lake bed where they will lay dormant until the next rains arrive and hatch out. The lake becomes a wealth of life when full.
(NOTE:The lake is usually dry. Please enquire if you intend to make a trip especially for the lake!)