Canoeing trip participants got first-hand insight into the impact of environmental watering on Murray River wetlands at Lake Carpul, near Robinvale, at the weekend.
About 15 community members from as far as Mildura and Swan Hill took to the water on Sunday on a guided tour organised by the Mallee Catchment Management Authority. Breezy conditions and cooler weather provided a perfect setting for paddlers to get out on the lake, enjoy the water and spot waterbirds and wildlife. The group paddled around the edge of half of Lake Carpul, then up the channel between Lake Carpul and Lake Powell, then across Lake Carpul back to where they had started. A previous birdwatching day had observed approximately 60 species of birds to the lakes area, and paddlers were certainly not disappointed. Waterbirds, of course, were in particularly good numbers and canoes are the best way to be able to get quite close to them.Hundreds of waterbirds and other species have arrived at Lakes Powell and Carpul since the delivery of environmental flows, with the watering also supporting healthy floodplain vegetation, which is home to important species such as carpet python and bats.
Pictured: Nat Mouvet, Ruby Saris, 8 and Malcolm Douglas, all of Mildura, canoeing on the recently filled Lake Carpul.