May River

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May River
Country Australia
Basin features
Main source Lennard River
45 metres (148 ft)[1]
River mouth King Sound
sea level
Basin size 13,188 square kilometres (5,092 sq mi)[2]
Physical characteristics
Length 69 kilometres (43 mi)[3]

The May River is a river in the Kimberley of Western Australia.

The river is formed when the Lennard River splits into two channels north of Mount Marmion and near the Kimberley Downs Station homestead, the other channel being the Meda River. Continuing to flow west north-westward through Poulton Pool until the river eventually discharges into Stokes Bay, King Sound which is north-east of Derby.

The river was named in 1881 by a pioneer of the area, George Julius Brockman during an expedition in the Kimberley area looking for grazing land north of the Fitzroy River. He named the river after the granddaughter of John Septimus Roe, Mary Matilda (May) Thomson.

The only tributaries of the May and the Lennard and Camiara Creek.

The Northern river shark is known to inhabit the tidal region of the river and has been found further upstream.[4] Barramundi and Cherrabun are also caught in the river pools after the wet season.[5]


  1. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas – Map of May River". 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Modelled seabed response to possible climate change scenarios over the next 50 years in the Australian Northwest" (PDF). CSIRO. 1 March 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 September 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "The northern river shark (Glyphis sp. C) in Western Australia - Report to the National Trust" (PDF). 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Berby Tourism = Fishing". 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 

Coordinates: 17°07′S 123°50′E / 17.117°S 123.833°E / -17.117; 123.833