Once a habitat that was subject to the cycles of the dry and wet seasons, this
huge expanse of permanent fresh water has allowed the development of a thriving
eco-system. It is home to some 26 species of native fish that include
barramundi, archer fish, bony bream, forktail cat fish, long tom, mouth
almighty, sleepy cod and southern saratoga. There are reptiles, mammals and
marsupial that are assured of access to water. With the damming of the Ord
River, a number of low lying ridges have now become islands (about 90 islands),
providing a habitat for freshwater crocodiles (who it is estimated number over
20,000), a approximately one third of Australia's bird species, which at various
times can number in the tens of thousands.
Unfortunately the plentiful water
has also provided a paradise for the entry of the cane toads to the region,
although much work is being done by organisations such as the volunteer wildlife
protection group Kimberley Toad Busters (KTB)2 to
combat the invasion.
The beautiful scenery, peaceful isolation, plentiful wildlife, make Lake
Argyle a must see destination when visiting the spectacular
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