Moorook Game Reserve

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Moorook Game Reserve
Kingston-on-Murray and Moorook[1]South Australia
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)[2]
Moorook Game Reserve is located in South Australia
Moorook Game Reserve
Moorook Game Reserve
Nearest town or cityCobdogla
Moorook [1]
Coordinates34°14′57″S 140°22′15″E / 34.24917°S 140.37083°E / -34.24917; 140.37083Coordinates: 34°14′57″S 140°22′15″E / 34.24917°S 140.37083°E / -34.24917; 140.37083
Established2 September 1976[3]
Area12.44 km2 (4.8 sq mi)[4]
Visitation'large numbers' (in 1994)[5]:10
Managing authoritiesDepartment for Environment and Water
WebsiteMoorook Game Reserve
See alsoProtected areas of South Australia

Moorook Game Reserve is a protected area in the Australian state of South Australia covering the floodplain on the south side of the River Murray in the localities of Kingston-on-Murray and Moorook immediately south of the section of the Sturt Highway that passes between the towns of Kingston-on-Murray in the west and Cobdogla in the east.[1] It is located about 180 kilometres (110 miles) east north-east of the state capital of Adelaide.[5]:2

The game reserve occupies land in sections 474, 475 and 476 in the cadastral unit of the Hundred of Moorook which covers Wachtels Lagoon and low-lying land to the south-east.[1][3] It was proclaimed on 2 September 1976 under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972.[3] The Loch Luna Game Reserve immediately adjoins the game reserve's northern boundary. It and the Loch Luna Game Reserve are reported as providing "significant wildlife habitat and are popular recreation sites, particularly for river-based activities and camping."[5] As of 2018, it covered an area of 12.44 square kilometres (4.80 sq mi).[4]

In 1980, the game reserve was described as follows:[6]

Moorook Game Reserve is an area of wetland habitat in the River Murray floodplain 9kms west of Barmera (3km south of Kingston-on-Murray). It has been reserved for the management and conservation of waterfowl, particularly native game species. Shooting of some species is permitted during restricted open seasons…

Moorook Game Reserve encompasses a large open swamp, Wachtel's Lagoon, fringed by river red gums (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) and river box (Eucalyptus largiflorens). It is situated on the western bank of the River Murray, 3km. south of Kingston-on-Murray. Development of a small area of the Reserve for controlled production of waterfowl food crops is planned for the near future. These crops will be grown in the southwestern corner of the Reserve…

Mostly unmodified, although irrigation drainage and some local effluent seep into one corner of the Reserve.

The game reserve is classified as an IUCN Category VI protected area.[2] In 1980, it was listed on the now-defunct Register of the National Estate.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Search results for 'Moorook Game Reserve' with the following datasets selected – 'NPW and Conservation Properties', 'Suburbs and Localities', 'Hundreds', 'Roads' and 'Gazetteer'". Location SA Map Viewer. Government of South Australian. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Terrestrial Protected Areas of South Australia (refer 'DETAIL' tab )". CAPAD 2016. Australian Government, Department of the Environment (DoE). 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Casey, T.M. (2 September 1976). "NATIONAL PARKS AND WILDLIFE ACT, 1972-1974: GAME RESERVE CONSTITUTED" (PDF). The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia. p. 768. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Protected Areas Information System Reserve List" (PDF). Government of South Australia. 9 March 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Resource Conservation and Management Group, DENR (1994), Moorook Game Reserve management plan (PDF), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), pp. 2 & 3, 10, ISBN 0-7308-2746-1
  6. ^ a b "Moorook Game Reserve, Kingston-on-Murray - Moorook Rd, Moorook, SA, Australia - listing on the now-defunct Register of the National Estate (Place ID 7840)". Australian Heritage Database. Department of the Environment. 21 October 1980. Retrieved 24 January 2019.

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