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New canoe trail to explore Esperance lakes

Signage at the Esperance lakes
Signage at the Esperance lakes Stephen Butler, Parks and Wildlife

 

The newest way to appreciate the peace, beauty and birdlife of the Esperance lakes system is by canoe.

Local Department of Parks and Wildlife staff have recently installed a self-guided canoeing trail complete with signage and markers.

Esperance district nature conservation coordinator Stephen Butler said the 5.5km trail traversed Woody Lake, Lake Windabout and Lake Wheatfield and suited beginner, intermediate and experienced paddlers.

“Paddlers have the option of launching at any of the three lakes and can choose whether to paddle from lake to lake or limit their trip to just one,” Mr Butler said.  

“An information sign is available at each of the launch sites, providing distance and time information and general tips on personal safety.

“Markers on the lakes guide paddlers across a pre-determined route and indicate access to the smaller inter-connecting channels.

“When water levels are lower during the summer months, the channels linking the three main lakes may be too low for craft, so depth markers have been placed at the entrances.”

Mr Butler said the Esperance lakes provided a host of nature-based recreation activities for visitors and community members, including picnics, bush walking, bird-watching, fishing and water skiing.

“Bird life is prolific on the lakes and paddlers will be able to see egrets, pelicans, swans, a variety of ducks and summer visitors such as sanderlings and green-shanks,” he said.

“Sea eagles and ospreys have also been recorded on the lakes.”

Users of the canoe trail are requested to be mindful of their surroundings, their personal safety and most importantly, enjoy a unique paddling experience on this coastal dune wetland system.

 

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Last modified on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 10:31