30 November 2010
River users are warned to take care on the River Murray as heavy rains raise water levels and increase water flow – particularly in the Murray Mouth.
Fast-flowing water is exiting the Coorong and Lower Lakes system, creating potentially dangerous conditions in and around the Murray Mouth. Conditions are not likely to ease any time soon with strong River Murray flow predicted to continue for some time.
Boat operators who cross or anchor in the Murray Mouth precinct will encounter stronger than normal currents and tidal movements. In particular, the fast movement of sand will cause changes to the safe navigation passage for boats.
Underpowered vessels, sail boats or people using kayaks may encounter difficulties due to strong currents – these people are advised to consider giving the Murray Mouth a wide berth at this time.
Stay clear of barrage releases as water is extremely fast flowing and could pose serious threat to public safety. Please observe the 150 metre ‘no-go zone’ regulation that applies around barrage structures.
Visitors on the Sir Richard Peninsula and Hindmarsh Island are warned not to enter the water in the Murray Mouth Precinct and to keep a close watch on children playing along the water’s edge.
Be aware of the risks of faster flowing water and that branches and other hazardous debris may be hidden below the surface of the river, along with submerged objects.
Water levels in the local area will be regularly monitored to make sure that visitors don’t become isolated by rising water, particularly if camping or travelling near the water’s edge.
If you are visiting the Coorong National Park and Murray Mouth over the summer holidays, it is recommended that you view the Murray Mouth in safety from the Murray Mouth lookout, located near Sugars Beach on Hindmarsh Island (just follow the signs from Goolwa).