Lake Jindabyne Boating Conditions have Changed

3 November 2011

Those who go boating infrequently on Lake Jindabyne should know that boating conditions have changed considerably on the lake since this time last month, NSW Maritime Acting Regional Manager South Coast Wayne Langshaw said.

Mr Langshaw said more than 88,000 megalitres were released over 19 days – starting in the first week of October - from Lake Jindabyne into the Snowy River.

The release is known as a flushing flow, designed to be a ‘cleanse’ of the Snowy River, in a joint operation by Snowy Hydro and NSW Office of Water.

“Lake Jindabyne now is three metres more shallow than it was this time last month,” Mr Langshaw said.

“Understandably, this has caused conditions to change on the waterway, with the potential now for boaters to come across more unmarked navigation hazards, such as trees.”

Mr Langshaw said there had so far been no reports of boating accidents or mishaps in the new environment, either on the Snowy River or Lake Jindabyne.

NSW Maritime has previously warned kayakers and canoeists to avoid the Snowy River due to the faster flow of the river, which could carry debris, which will continue in the short term.

NSW Maritime produces boating maps of all waterways in NSW, including Lake Jindabyne and the Snowy River, which include contour lines to assist with interpreting the map under different conditions, such as when the percentage of water is higher or lower.

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