#Places of NRM – Lake Logue

Lake Logue is a large seasonal freshwater lake situated about 13 kilometres west-southwest of Eneabba, within the Lake Logue Nature Reserve.
Photo credit: R. Webb
Photo credit: R. Webb

Lake Logue is the largest feature of the Lake Logue-Indoon System, which includes Lake Indoon (a smaller semi-permanent brackish lake), smaller shallow ephemeral wetlands, intermittent creeks and drainage lines. The ecological significance of the Logue-Indoon System is reflected by the fact that it is listed in the Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia (DIWA).

Lake Logue covers 425 hectares and fills occasionally, following heavy rain in the catchment. The lake is fed by fresh surface water and has been known to fill-up to more than two metres in depth. When the lake is dry, about 75 per cent is covered by low grasses and shrubs, and the rest is woodland.

The Lake Logue-Indoon System is a major feeding stop-over, staging area and a drought refuge for waterbirds – such as the Banded-stilts (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus), Black Swans (Cygnus atratus) and Curlew Sandpipers (Calidris ferruginea).

The Lake Logue-Indoon System also supports a population of a priority-listed plants, the Heath-like Eremophila (Eremophila microtheca), which occurs on its seasonally-waterlogged flats.

Lake Logue is a fantastic recreation site, particularly with birdwatchers who can get excellent views of large flocks of Swans and numerous other waterbirds. It is also possible to observe brumbies – the last of the thousands of wild horses that roamed the Eneabba area in the 1950s. There are also numerous wildflowers to see – especially during the period from late August to October. The nearby Lake Indoon is also a popular location for camping, picnicking, swimming and water skiing.

Lake Logue is not accessible by two wheel drive vehicles, making Lake Logue Nature Reserve a popular destination for off-road driving enthusiasts.

Source: The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions – Parks and Wildlife Service.

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