- 1 Who built Lake Argyle?
- 2 What is special about Lake Argyle?
- 3 Is Lake Argyle man made?
- 4 Can you drive around Lake Argyle?
- 5 Is it safe to swim in Lake Argyle?
- 6 How long do you need at Lake Argyle?
- 7 What is Lake Argyle used for?
- 8 Is Lake Argyle full?
- 9 What is the deepest lake in Australia?
- 10 What is the largest man made lake in the world?
- 11 Are there crocodiles in the Ord River?
- 12 Is Lake Argyle worth visiting?
- 13 Do you need a 4WD to get to Lake Argyle?
- 14 Why did the Ord River scheme fail?
Who built Lake Argyle?
The dams were built with no consultation with or compensation to the Indigenous traditional owners. The construction of the Ord River Dam was completed in 1971 by the American Dravo Corporation. The dam was officially opened the following year. The dam wall is 335 metres (1,099 ft) long, and 98 metres (322 ft) high.
What is special about Lake Argyle?
With a surface area of over 1000 square kilometers and a shoreline stretching 900 kilometers, Lake Argyle is home to an estimated 30,000 freshwater crocodiles, 26 species of fish and 3 varieties of freshwater tortoise. The RAMSAR Wetland of International Significance is also a habitat to more than 270 bird species.
Is Lake Argyle man made?
Lake Argyle is now one of the worlds largest man made water bodies and was formed by an earth and rock filled dam in the Carr Boyd Ranges. The Ord River Dam was completed in 1972 with the work carried out over three dry seasons.
Can you drive around Lake Argyle?
The easiest way to visit Lake Argyle is to drive the sealed road from either the Northern Territory or the town of Kununurra. Other travel options include a scenic cruise up the magnificent Ord River from Kununurra, a scenic flight in a float plane from Kununurra or even a helicopter flight.
Is it safe to swim in Lake Argyle?
The lake is considered safe to swim in, but as always, swimming in Northern Australian waterways is totally at your own risk.
How long do you need at Lake Argyle?
Two nights at Lake Argyle would be enough and a must do is the Lake Argyle cruise. Two nights in Kununurra would enable you to have a good look around, if you have time and the finances you can fly to Argyle Diamond mine or better still do a flight to the Mitchell Falls.
What is Lake Argyle used for?
Lake Argyle is the main reservoir in the Ord River Irrigation Scheme, a public works project dating from 1945 and designed to irrigate the surrounding plains.
Is Lake Argyle full?
Created by the Ord River Dam, it’s classified as an inland sea and at its peak in the green season Lake Argyle holds a staggering 10.7 billion cubic litres of water at full supply level. That’s more than 18 times the size of Sydney Harbour.
What is the deepest lake in Australia?
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What is the largest man made lake in the world?
Chikanka. Lake Kariba is the world’s largest man-made lake and reservoir by volume. It lies 1,300 kilometres (810 mi) upstream from the Indian Ocean, along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Are there crocodiles in the Ord River?
There are always a lot of freshwater crocodiles who grow very large feeding on the plentiful catfish. You will see the Ord River as we drive into Kununurra and again when you are high up near the dam wall. Not far from Kununurra you can see the Diversion Dam which stores water from the Ord river.
Is Lake Argyle worth visiting?
Really lovely scenery around the lake, well worth a visit. We stayed in the Caravan Park, the facilities at the resort were very good. Had a swim in the Infinity Pool and got some great pictures. We went on the 3 hour sunset cruise and it was very informative and enjoyable.
Do you need a 4WD to get to Lake Argyle?
You can get to Lake Argyle on 2wd. Also, Emma Gorge is all 2wd fine. From Emma Gorge you get the El Questro tour that takes you there and does their gorges which are amazing.
Why did the Ord River scheme fail?
Reviews carried out to identify other reasons why the broader Ord River Irrigation Scheme failed to meet expectations in the early years concluded there were a number of reasons: transport concerns; the generally low scale of infrastructure; and low commodity prices were cited.