#ParksForPeople – Lake Indoon

Lake Indoon is a brackish, freshwater lake, which has served as an aquatic playground since the late 1950s/early 1960s.

The lake covers 130 hectares of the Lake Indoon Reserve, with a depth varying from approximately 1.5m – 5m depending on the seasons and rainfall. It is approximately 4.5kms around the lake, via the beach.

Lake Indoon is fed from Erindoon and Bindoon creeks, and generally fills up by the end of winter. Overflow from Lake Indoon drifts back into the Lake Logue system.

Back in the 1930s, when the lake was dry, the local property owner built a windmill in the lake basin. Parts of the windmill head can still be found on the southwest corner of the lake.

The bird life is abundant, with over 50 species noted by the former local Ranger. Kangaroos and Emus also use the lake as a watering ground and are generally seen at dusk. One of the best ways to explore is to take a walk along the beach. You will gain an appreciation of the size of the lake plus it’s a great way to spot some of the varieties of water birds who use the lake. Keep an eye out for the kangaroos and emus that inhabit the surrounding bushland. Kayaks are also a great way to explore the lake.

Lake Indoon is a popular destination for weekend camping and other recreational activities in a beautiful setting under majestic trees. The facilities include well maintained camping grounds around the lake, an ablution block with showers and a tank for drinking water. The boat ramp has been reconstructed, making it a sturdy, concrete structure. Bookings for camping sites are not necessary. A gas BBQ and picnic area is available for your use near the boat ramp on the north side of the Lake. Murals have been painted on the ablution block and drinking water tank by local artists.

There are a few rules to follow to keep yourselves, the local wildlife and reserve safe. Dogs in the Lake Indoon reserve must be on a leash – penalties exist if dogs are found unrestrained. There is an all-year fire ban on campfires and cooking fires in the Lake Indoon reserve but gas BBQs are available. All water activities are at your own risk. Jet Skis are prohibited. All off-road and 4WD vehicles (including motorbikes, ATV’s and beachbuggies) are prohibited from the reserve. Visitors and vehicles are requested to stick to the designated tracks. Camping is permissible on the beach and allocated camping grounds.

Lake Indoon is easily accessible. It is located in the Carnamah Shire, along the Eneabba-Coolimba Road approximately 12km west of Eneabba and 19km east of the coast and Leeman. For current information on the water levels and condition of the Lake, contact the Shire of Carnamah office on 08 9951 7000.

Information sourced from the Shire of Carnamah and Findacamp website.

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