Angove Lake

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Angove Lake
Angove Lake is located in Western Australia
Angove Lake
Angove Lake
Location in Western Australia
Location Great Southern, Western Australia
Coordinates 34°56′32″S 118°09′54″E / 34.94222°S 118.16500°E / -34.94222; 118.16500Coordinates: 34°56′32″S 118°09′54″E / 34.94222°S 118.16500°E / -34.94222; 118.16500
Type Freshwater
Primary inflows Angove River
Primary outflows Gardner Creek
Catchment area 29 square kilometres (11 sq mi)
Basin countries Australia
Designation Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve
Max. length 900 metres (2,953 ft)
Max. width 400 metres (1,312 ft)
Surface area 33 hectares (82 acres)[1]

Angove Lake is a permanent freshwater lake in the Great Southern region of Western Australia.


The lake is part of the Moates Lake System along with Moates Lake and Lake Gardner.[2] All of these lakes were linked to form a large estuarine system during the last interglacial period approximately 120,000 years ago.[3]

The main waterbody covers a maximum area of 40 hectares (99 acres) but the associated wetlands covers an area closer to 100 hectares (247 acres). The area south of the lake was drained with a 3-kilometre (2 mi) channel being constructed to connect it with Gardner Creek. The water in the lake is fresh and low in tannin, water from the river system that supplies the lake is also used pumped to Albany as part of the towns water supply.[4]


Very little of the catchment is cleared so the stream system and the lake are in almost pristine condition. The lake itself is essentially a large sedge swamp with large stands of Baumea articulata with fringing forest of paperbark and Agonis. The lake forms part of the Two Peoples Bay and Mount Manypeaks Important Bird Area, identified as such by BirdLife International because of its significance in the conservation of several rare and threatened bird species.[5]

The critically endangered Spotted Galaxias, Galaxias truttaceus hesperius, is only found in the Angove River, the lake and the Goodga River.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas – Map of Lake Angove". 2009. Retrieved 4 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "Southern Prospects - The South Coast Regional Strategy for Natural Resource Management" (PDF). 2004. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve Management Plan" (PDF). 1995. Retrieved 8 March 2009. 
  4. ^ "Catchment Management of the Wetlands of the Two Peoples Bay Nature" (PDF). 2004. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  5. ^ BirdLife International. (2011). Important Bird Areas factsheet: Two Peoples Bay and Mount Manypeaks. Downloaded from "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 July 2007. Retrieved 2013-05-07.  on 18 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Galaxias truttaceus hesperius — Spotted Galaxias (western subspecies), Western Spotted Galaxias, Western Trout Galaxias". Species Profile and Threats Database. Australian Government. Retrieved 6 September 2015.