30 Nov 2010
Unrestricted boat lockages at the Goolwa and Tauwitchere barrages are now possible as a result of rising water levels.
Higher water levels in the Goolwa Channel and Lake Alexandrina mean the lockages can be conducted without the risk of large volumes of saltwater entering either of the water bodies.
The Goolwa Barrage lock has been closed to boat traffic due to the risk of seawater incursion for more than 30 of the past 36 months.
The re-opening of the small, manually operated boat lock through Tauwitchere Barrage provides direct access between the Coorong and Lake Alexandrina for the first time in two years.
During the recent period of low water levels in the Goolwa Channel, the Goolwa Barrage was the most heavily utilised lock along the River Murray.
Unrestricted lockages at Goolwa Barrage mean boat owners can travel between Goolwa Channel and the Coorong and Murray Mouth every day. The lock at Goolwa barrage will operate between 8 am and 12.30 pm and between 1.30 pm and 4.30 pm each day.