Goodga River

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Goodga River
Country Australia
Physical characteristics
Main source Reservoir Hill
River mouth Moates Lake
Length 9 kilometres (6 mi)[1]
  • Average rate:
    3,917 ML/a (0.1241 m3/s; 4.383 cu ft/s)[2]

The Goodga River is a river in the Great Southern region of Western Australia.

The river is located within the boundaries of Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve about 15 kilometres (9 mi) east of Albany.

The river rises to the North of Reservoir Hill and flows in a southerly direction until it discharges into Moates Lake. This lake drains into Gardner Lake and eventually onto Two Peoples Bay.

The average rainfall in the catchment area is 1,100 millimetres (43 in) with most falling in the winter months. The catchment mostly consists of Albany Blackbutt and Sheoak forest. Approximately one third of the catchment has been cleared for agriculture.[3]

The name was first recorded in 1913 by a surveyor and is thought to be of Aboriginal origin.

A weir was built along the river in 1964 to measure stream flow, a fish way was built in 2000 to allow fish to migrate upstream of the weir.[3]

The river is home to the endangered fish, the Trout Minnow (Galaxias truttaceus) which only occurs between the Goodga and the Angove River. In 2003, the first vertical slot fishway in Western Australia was installed in the river.[4]


  1. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Department of Water - Water Resources Data - Streamflow Sites - Goodga River - Black cat". 2008. Retrieved 2 March 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Goodga River". Our Living Rivers. Retrieved 4 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "Murdoch University - The Goodga River Fishway the first vertical-slot fishway in Western Australia: monitoring and evaluation" (PDF). 2008. Retrieved 2 March 2009. 

Coordinates: 34°56′55″S 118°4′48″E / 34.94861°S 118.08000°E / -34.94861; 118.08000