Bool Lagoon Game Reserve

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Bool Lagoon Game Reserve
South Australia
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
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Bool Lagoon. The red plant is samphire.
Bool Lagoon Game Reserve is located in South Australia
Bool Lagoon Game Reserve
Bool Lagoon Game Reserve
Nearest town or city Naracoorte[1]
Coordinates 37°07′S 140°41′E / 37.117°S 140.683°E / -37.117; 140.683Coordinates: 37°07′S 140°41′E / 37.117°S 140.683°E / -37.117; 140.683
Established 8 June 1967[2]
Area 31.03 km2 (12.0 sq mi)[2]
Managing authorities Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
Website Bool Lagoon Game Reserve
Official name Bool and Hacks Lagoons
Designated 1 November 1985
Reference no. 322[3]
See also Protected areas of South Australia

Bool Lagoon Game Reserve is a protected area located in the Limestone Coast region of South Australia, about 24 kilometres (15 miles) south of the town of Naracoorte.[1]


While Bool Lagoon is officially a game reserve, in dry years it attracts a lot of waterbirds of many species, and is frequently a point of contention between duck hunters and animal rights activists. The adjacent Hacks Lagoon Conservation Park also provides refuge for waterbirds. There are a number of boardwalks and bird hides at both lagoons to facilitate birdwatching. The lagoons are visited by up to 150 species of birds, many having migrated from the Northern Hemisphere. In 1985, the area covered by both the game reserve and the Hacks Lagoon Conservation Park was added under the name "Bool and Hacks Lagoons" to the List of Wetlands of International Importance maintained by the Ramsar Convention.[4] The reserve is classified as an IUCN class VI protected area.[5]

Another ecological issue is that in the past, a lot of lead shot was used by hunters. In recent times, even when the lagoon is opened for hunting, only steel shot may be used.


Mosquito Creek flows into Hacks Lagoon, and any overflow flows into Bool Lagoon. Mosquito Creek used to continue out of Hacks Lagoon to spread out on the plains near Naracoorte, but is now blocked and any excess water is directed through a drain from Bool Lagoon to the coast near Beachport.


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  1. ^ a b "Bool Lagoon Game Reserve and Hacks Lagoon Conservation Park Management and Ramsar Plan" (PDF). Department for Environment and Heritage. 2006. pp. iii, 1, 2, 5 & 9. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Protected Areas Information System - reserve list (as of 17 Feb 2014)" (PDF). Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bool and Hacks Lagoons". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018. 
  4. ^ "Bool and Hacks Lagoons". Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "CAPAD 2012 South Australia Summary (see 'DETAIL' tab)". CAPAD 2012. Australian Government - Department of the Environment. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 

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