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Boat Lock

If you are in a motorised vessel, keep a straight line.

  • The Patawalonga Lake receives runoff from 230 square kilometres of mixed land use.

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Is a dolphin in the boat lock ?

The Patawalonga Lake receives runoff from 230 square kilometres of mixed land use.

If you are in a motorised vessel, keep a straight line and a safe speed, do not swerve or circle. Often the dolphins will hear a boat coming and will dive to try to get out of the way; if a boat swerves or circles back there is an increased risk of the boat hitting the dolphin as it re-surfaces.

The water is the dolphin’s home, it is where they eat, sleep, travel and play. It is really important that watercrafts  (Boast, Kayaks, jet skis) do not approach the dolphins. If the dolphins are travelling in the same direction or in a playful mood they will often come over to the boats and will often enjoy riding in the bow waves the boats create.

If they do not swim to the bow of the boat and you wish to observe the dolphins please stop the boat and observe from a safe end enjoyable distance for both you and the dolphins.

Thank you for protecting dolphins!
Do NOT feed, touch or harm dolphins.

Penalties apply.

The Patawalonga Lake receives runoff from 230 square kilometres of mixed land use.

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Educational resources

Useful links

Wigley Reserve

picnic shelter

Nearby picnic shelter

Explore all 7 stations of
Patawalonga Dolphin Trail

at the South Gates

1

Station 1

at the South Gates

along the South-East bank

2

Station 2

along the South-East bank

opposite the Patawilya Reserve

3

Station 3

opposite the Patawilya Reserve

at the Patawalonga boat ramp

4

Station 4

at the Patawalonga boat ramp

at the Diversion Basin

5

Station 5

at the Diversion Basin

at the West Beach entry

6

Station 6

at the West Beach entry

at the Stanley St beach

7

Station 7

at the Stanley St beach

  • If a dolphin is trapped in the lock without a boat, please call  8406 2600.

  • Boat owners are aware that dolphins use the boat lock and will switch off motors if possible.

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