Pelican Lagoon Conservation Park

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Pelican Lagoon Conservation Park
South Australia
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Pelican Lagoon Conservation Park, Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Pelican Lagoon Conservation Park is located in South Australia
Pelican Lagoon Conservation Park
Pelican Lagoon Conservation Park
Nearest town or city American River
Coordinates 35°48′15″S 137°46′30″E / 35.80417°S 137.77500°E / -35.80417; 137.77500Coordinates: 35°48′15″S 137°46′30″E / 35.80417°S 137.77500°E / -35.80417; 137.77500
Established 1 January 1967[1]
Area 397 hectares (980 acres) [1]
Managing authorities Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
Footnotes Coordinates[2]
See also Protected areas of South Australia

Pelican Lagoon Conservation Park is a protected area located in the Australian state of South Australia on the Dudley Peninsula on Kangaroo Island. It was dedicated in 1967 for the protection of wildlife habitat.[3]


The conservation park has an area of 397 hectares (980 acres) and lies immediately to the south of the town of American River, about 25 kilometres (16 miles) southeast by south of Kingscote and 19 kilometres (12 miles) southwest by west of Penneshaw. It consists of land on the peninsula of the north side of the tidal inlet of Pelican Lagoon as well as five islets within the inlet itself. It includes woodland, scrub and heath formations as well as wetland vegetation and adjoins samphire mudflats, providing habitat for several species of woodland and wetland birds and other animals. The conservation park is located within the boundaries of the gazetted locality of Pelican Lagoon with exception to the islets located within the lagoon.[4] The conservation park is classified as an IUCN Category Ia protected area.[3][5] It is complemented by the American River Aquatic Reserve.[2][6]


Five of the islets present in Pelican Lagoon are within the conservation park. From east to west these are Rabbit Islet, Goanna Islet, Pig Islet, Wallaby Islet and Shag Rock.[3][7]


  1. ^ a b "Protected Areas Information System - reserve list (as of 17 Feb 2014)" (PDF). Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Terrestrial Protected Areas of South Australia (see 'DETAIL' tab)". CAPAD 2014. Australian Government - Department of the Environment. 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Anon (1987). Conservation Parks of Kangaroo Island Management Plan (PDF). Adelaide: Department of Environment and Planning, South Australia. pp. 64–71. ISBN 0-7243-8983-0. 
  4. ^ "Search result for " Kangaroo Island (IS)" (Record no SA0033933) with the following layers selected - "Suburbs and Localities" and "Local Government Areas"". Property Location Browser. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Pelican Lagoon Conservation Park". Australian Heritage Database. Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Australia. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  6. ^ "American River Aquatic Reserve" (PDF). Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA). Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  7. ^ The South Australian Fisheries Management Series Paper number 56: Management Plan for the Pelican Lagoon Aquatic Reserve. South Australia: Primary Industries & Regions South Australia (PIRSA). 2011. pp. 7 & 9. ISBN 978-0-9807387-2-8. 

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