Angove River

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Angove River
Country Australia
Physical characteristics
Main source Water Reserve 13802
River mouth Angove Lake
Length 9 kilometres (6 mi)
  • Average rate:
    1,880 ML/a (2.10 cu ft/s)
Basin features
Basin size 29 square kilometres (11 sq mi)[1]

Angove River or Angove Creek is a river located in the Great Southern region of Western Australia most of the river is found within Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve.

The stream was discovered in 1898 by surveyor William Angove and was named in 1913 after its discoverer by another surveyor BW Ridley.[2]

The river rises in swamps north of the water supply reserve then enter the reserve where a pipehead dam is located to provide potable water to Albany. It then flows through a gauging weir then enters Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve. It continues through a 3 kilometres (2 mi) channel that is still on private land and was constructed to drain nearby farm land. The river eventually discharges into Angove Lake.[3]

The water is of excellent quality and is considered as fresh, potable water. Only 5% of the catchment area has been cleared mostly in the very upper reaches and around the lake. The catchment area is one of the few areas of Albany Blackbutt Woodland left in Australia and is considered to be an important biological link between Two Peoples Bay and Mount Manypeaks.[4]

The river is used to supply water to the town of Albany which is located 29 kilometres (18 mi) West of the river. A total of 1,600 megalitres (2,092,721 cu yd) of water is taken from the river every year.[5]

Fish ladders have been installed in the river in an effort to minimise disruption to fish migration patterns.


  1. ^ "South Coast River Care - Angove Creek". 2006. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve Management Plan 1995-2005" (PDF). National Parks and Nature Conservation Authority. 1995. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Angove Creek Catchment Area, Moyle Rd, Albany, WA, Australia (Place ID 18035)". Australian Heritage Database. Department of the Environment. 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2008.
  5. ^ "The South Coast Regional Strategy for Natural Resource Management". 2004. Archived from the original on 19 February 2011. Retrieved 12 October 2010.

Coordinates: 34°56′21″S 118°10′1″E / 34.93917°S 118.16694°E / -34.93917; 118.16694