Bow River (Western Australia)

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This article is about a river in southern Western Australia. For a river of the same name in northern Western Australia, see Bow River (Kimberley region, Western Australia). For a river of the same name in Canada, see Bow River.
Bow River
Origin Frankland State Forest
Mouth Irwin Inlet
Basin countries Australia
Length 22 kilometres (14 mi) [1]
Source elevation 110 metres (360 ft)[2]
Basin area 119 square kilometres (46 sq mi) [3]

The Bow River is a river in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, not to be confused with Bow River in the Kimberley region of northern Western Australia.

The river rises on the eastern edge of the Frankland State Forest and flows in a southerly direction discharging into Irwin Inlet, which opens to the Southern Ocean at Foul Bay.

Bow River is a fresh water river with potential to be used as a water source in the area.[4]

The hamlet of Bow Bridge, once a timber milling and farming settlement, is located where the South Coast Highway crosses Bow River, about 25 km East of Walpole.

Forms of environmental damage have been identified at the river and its wetlands, including:[5]

Coordinates: 34°58′29″S 116°57′10″E / 34.97472°S 116.95278°E / -34.97472; 116.95278


  1. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Archived from the original on 2015-02-16. Retrieved 4 August 2008. 
  2. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas - Map of Bow River, WA". 2008. Retrieved 23 November 2008. 
  3. ^ "Aussie Heritage Bow River Area". 2007. Retrieved 5 October 2007. 
  4. ^ "Bow River Floodplain management plan". 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Australian Natural Resources Atlas - Biodiversity Assessment - Warren". 2007. Retrieved 25 July 2008.