Goodga River

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Goodga River
Origin Reservoir Hill
Mouth Moates Lake
Basin countries Australia
Length 9 kilometres (6 mi)[1]
Avg. discharge 3917 ML/annum[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 2015-02-16. 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