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Current Level Information

The Murray Darling Bain Authority provides live data about the Murray River from the Border to the Sea. This information plots the height of the river level above sea level. The RMBOA graphs below plots the river level against the nominal pool levels to make it easier to see whether the level is above or below the normal level.

Longitudinal Section of River Murray System

NOTE: The status of the river shown by the colours only reflects the latest information supplied to the RMBOA from river users and may not reflect the current state of the river Use this information at your own risk.

The RMBOA Voyage Planning Guide, which part of the RMBOA Membership Pack, provides more information about the Lock and Bridge operating times.


Current information in the form of an interactive map can be found at the River Murray Data website.
 
Murray River Conditions At A Glance
 Updated Friday  11-April-2014.
WEATHER FORECASTS & WARNINGS
Murraylands Forecast : Riverland Forecast : Warnings for South Australia
 
Colour Legend
  Lock Closed; or Danger in Area
River flow above 60 Gigalitres per day
  Caution Required / Bridge not opening
River flow above 30 Gigalitres per day
  No identified issues in the area
 
River Distance: N/A
The Lakes
Levels & Salinity
River Distance: N/A
Tauwitchere Lock
Status: OPERATIONAL
Phone: 8555 3040

River Distance: 8km
Goolwa Lock
Status: OPERATIONAL
Phone: (08) 8555 2046
            0408 813 729
River Distance: 12km
Goolwa WDS
Status: OPERATIONAL
River Distance:  112 km
Murray Bridge
River Level

River Distance:  112 km
Murray Bridge WDS
Status: OPERATIONAL
River Distance:  150 km
Mannum
River Level
River Distance:  150 km
Mannum WDS
Status: ALTERNATE
Unforgettable Houseboats
River Distance: 208km
Walker Flat WDS
Status: OPERATIONAL
River Distance: 246 km
Swan Reach
River Level
River Distance: 246 km
Swan Reach WDS
Status: OPERATIONAL
(Will be closed from May for refurbishment. See Below)
River Distance: 274 km
Lock1: Blanchetown
Downstream : Upstream
Status: OPERATIONAL
Phone: (08) 8540 5001
River Flow

River Distance: 274 km
Blanchetown WDS
Status: OPERATIONAL
River Distance: 319km
Morgan WDS
Status: OPERATIONAL
River Distance: 362 km
Lock 2: Waikerie
Downstream : Upstream
Status: OPERATIONAL
Phone: (08) 8543 2246

River Distance: 382 km
Waikerie WDS
Status: OPERATIONAL
River Distance: 382 km
Waikerie
River Level

River Distance: 431 km
Lock 3 WDS
Status: OPERATIONAL
River Distance: 431 km
Lock 3: Overland Corner: Downstream : Upstream
Status: OPERATIONAL
Phone: (08) 8588 7005
River Distance: 489 km
Loxton
River Level


River Distance: 516 km
Lock 4: Bookpurnong
Downstream : Upstream
Status: OPERATIONAL
(Lock closed May to August, See Below)
Phone: (08) 8582 1388
River Distance: 524km
Berri WDS
Status: OPERATIONAL
River Distance: 562 km
Lock 5: Renmark
Downstream : Upstream
Status: OPERATIONAL
Phone: (08) 8595 5114
River Flow
River Distance: 564 km
Paringa Bridge Opening Bridge

Status: OPERATIONAL
Phone: 0408 955 322
Closed Height = 3.6 metres
River Distance: 566 km
Renmark WDS
Status: OPERATIONAL
River Distance: 617 km
Lock 6 WDS
Status: OPERATIONAL
River Distance: 620 km
Lock 6: Murtho
Downstream : Upstream
Status: OPERATIONAL
Phone: (08) 8595 8025

River Distance:
GS426200
River Level

River Flow

River Distance: 697 km
Lock 7: Rufus River
Downstream : Upstream
Status: OPERATIONAL
Phone: (03) 5027 8225
River Distance: 726 km
Lock 8: Wangumma
Downstream : Upstream
Status: OPERATIONAL
Phone: (03) 5027 8231
River Distance: 765 km
Lock 9: Kulnine
Downstream : Upstream
Status:  OPERATIONAL
Phone: (03) 5028 2235
River Flow
River Distance: 825 km
Lock 10: Wentworth
Downstream : Upstream
Status: OPERATIONAL
Phone: (03) 5027 3190
River Flow
River Distance: 836 km
Wentworth WDS
Status: OPERATIONAL
River Distance: 878 km
Lock 11: Mildura
Downstream : Upstream
Status: OPERATIONAL
(See Details Below for Closure Times)
Phone: (03) 5023 1396
River Distance: 1110 km
Lock 15: Euston
Downstream : Upstream
Status: OPERATIONAL
Phone:
River Flow
River Distance: 1228km
Boundary Bend
 River Level

River Flow
River Distance: 1285 km
Wakool Junction
River Level

River Flow
River Distance: 1629 km
Lock 26: Torrumbarry Weir
River Information
Status: OPERATIONAL
Phone: (03) 5487 7221
River Distance: 1992km
Yarrawonga Weir
River Information
Lower Murray River
Depth Profile
(Normalised to pool level)
Lake Victoria Lake Level, Inflow, Outflow, Storage River Flow
into South Australia
Summary of Media Release issued by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI), dated 24 April 2014,

Flow Outlook
The flow at the South Australian border is approximately 6,900 ML/day and will reduce to around 3,600 ML/day during the coming week, depending on upstream operations, extractions, and rainfall events.

The flow over Lock 1 is approximately 4,500 ML/day and will reduce to around 3,000 ML/day during the coming week, depending on weather conditions and extractions.

Barrage Operations And Water Levels In The Lower Lakes
The water level in Lake Alexandrina is approximately 0.63 m AHD and approximately 0.65 m AHD in Lake Albert.

The volume of water in the Lower Lakes is being managed to maximise water availability for continuous barrage releases during autumn. Barrage releases are being prioritised through Tauwitchere and Goolwa. All fishways are in operation. SA Water will continue to operate the barrages to minimise any negative salinity impacts from reverse flow events.

CONSTRUCTION WORKS & OTHER ISSUES

 

Murray River
Sandbars in the vicinity of the Murray Mouth may cause navigation hazards. Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when operating in the area.

Sandbars are also present along sections of the River Murray in South Australia and all watercraft users should be aware of, and regularly check, the river depth.

 

Mannum Waste Disposal Station

The work on the replacement of the Mannum River Vessel Waste Disposal Station has been extended by a few weeks and the facility is now planned to be re-commissioned early May. This extra time is needed to ensure the construction meets the Department’s quality assurance standards for safety and durability.

Alternative pump-out services will continue to be provided to boat operators 500 metres downstream of Mannum at the Unforgettable Houseboats Marina.

The upgrade works at the Morgan River Vessel Waste Disposal Station are now complete and the station is operational.

Swan Reach Waste Disposal Station
The Swan Reach Waste Disposal Station (WDS) upgrade works will commence on the 1st May and will take about two months. A temporary pump-out service will be provided by Swan Rreach Septic Pimping and Maintenance. The phone number and details of the service will be available at the station.


Lock 4
Remedial works at Lock 4 are scheduled to commence early May 2014 and be completed around early August 2014. During this period Lock 4 will be closed to navigation.

  

Lock 11
Pre-works for the installation of mechanised gates at Lock 11 (Mildura weir pool) is scheduled to commence in mid-June for approximately one week. The installation of the mechanised gates will commence in mid-July and is expected to be completed in mid-August 2014. During this period Lock 11 will be closed to navigation.

 
Mullaroo Creek
Remedial works in the Mullaroo Creek (located in Victoria and flows into the Lindsay River, which enters the River Murray between Lock 6 and 7) are expected to be completed around June 2014. The works are necessary to improve the control of flows in this system. For public safety reasons the Mullaroo Creek will be closed to navigation at the work site during the construction period.

 

Riverine Wetlands Recovery Project

Mariners are advised that an Aquatic Activity Licence has been issued to the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources for works to remove flow obstructions into Lake Carlet in the Lower Murray and the construction of a regulator near the entrance to Beldora wetland in the Upper Murray where navigation will be prohibited within 50 metres of the works the area will marked with yellow buoys:

Location

Zone 54H

Latitude

Longitude

Easting

Northing

Lake Carlet

Beldora West

Beldora East

365664

443615

443668

6140026

6203022

6203039

34°52.396 S

34°18.751 S

34°18.742 S

139°31.810 E

140°18.231 E

140°23.265 E

 

The project is expected to start after 31 January 2014 and completed before 30 June 2014.

 

Other works will be undertaken at North Purnong, Kroehns Landing, Murbko South, Lake Woolpolool and Lake Merreti during this period and mariners are advised to keep well clear of these works.

 

All regulator sites after completion will be marked with Blocked Channel markers. These markers will have water depth indicators.


Mullaroo Creek
Remedial works in the Mullaroo Creek (located in Victoria and flows into the Lindsay River, which enters the River Murray between Lock 6 and 7) are expected to be completed around June 2014.

The works are necessary to improve the control of flows in this system. For public safety reasons the Mullaroo Creek will be closed to navigation at the work site during the construction period.

Chowilla Creek

Construction of the Chowilla Creek Environmental Regulator and associated structures is ongoing. For public safety reasons, the Chowilla Creek remains closed to navigation at the construction site. Works are also underway to upgrade the weirs on Pipeclay Creek and Slaney Creek to improve the management of flows into the Chowilla anabranch and to enable fish passage. The weirs are closed to boat traffic during this construction program.


Water Quality

The New South Wales Government (through Regional Algal Coordinating Committees) has issued red alert warnings for toxic blue-green algae at:

• Menindee Lakes and the Great Darling Anabranch at, and upstream of, Tara Downs, where the water is unsuitable for stock and domestic, irrigation and recreational purposes;
• Griffith and Balranald on the Murrumbidgee River, where the water is unsuitable for recreational and stock watering purposes; and
• downstream of Barren Box Swamp on the Murrumbidgee River, where the water is unsuitable for irrigation, stock and domestic purpose.

Although these toxic blue-green algal blooms pose no threat to South Australia at this stage, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and the relevant South Australian Government agencies are regularly monitoring the situation. It is not uncommon to experience algal blooms at this time of the year.

 

NOTES:

Long Term River Levels and Flows

The data used to generate the graphs above is held in a database. Graphs of the levels and flows over the longer term can be found here.

River Flow Classifications

The South Australian Government classification system for River Murray flows can be found here.

The RMBOA ceases river functions when the River Flow is expected to be in excess of 30,000ML/day because of the difficulties in mooring a fleet of boats close together.

What is "pool level"?
Under normal conditions, the locks along the lower Murray River cause the river to form into a series of pools between the locks. The pool level is the height above sea level of the surface of the water in those pools. To allow river users to see whether the river level is above or below normal, the river levels in the RMBOA graphs are normalised around the pool level. That is, if the river river is the normal pool level, it will show as 0 metres. If it is above the normal level, the reading will be positive and if it is below the normal level, it was be shown as being negative. On the river level graphs, the pool level is shown as a yellow horizontal line.

What Does The "Depth Profile" show?
The depth profile represents the normalised depth of the river along its length in South Australia. If all the levels along  the river were at pool level, it would be a straight line as the normal  height variations would be removed. The vertical lines that are usually seen on the graph represent the weirs. Although in a flood, the water level above and below each weir is the same, the profile graph will show a large jump as there is a large difference between the normal level below the lock and the current level.

Note: The pool level for below Lock 4 has been adjusted by 0.26 metres to better reflect the readings actually obtained over the long term.

River Murray Flow Advice

The Department of Water is providing weekly bulletins about the flow in the Murray River from Lock 9 to Murray Bridge. The advice is issued each Friday on their news page. Further information can be obtained by phoning (08) 8595 2299 for a recorded message.

Murray Darling Weekly Report

The Murray Darling Basin Authority provides a weekly status report on the basin. This provides a wide range of information from across the entire basin.
 
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