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Current Level Information

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 is part of the RMBOA Membership Pack, provides more information about the Lock and Bridge operating times.

 
Murray River Conditions At A Glance
 Updated Friday  22-May-2015.
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
Live River Data
River Distance: 0km
Murray River Mouth
Status: OPEN during daylight hours. Sandbars in Murray Mouth region. (See below)
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: OPERATIONAL
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
River Distance: 274 km
Lock1: Blanchetown
Downstream : Upstream
Status: OPERATIONAL
(100mm below pool - see below)
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
Phone: (08) 8582 1388
River Distance: 524km
Berri WDS
Status: OPERATIONAL
River Distance: 562 km
Lock 5: Renmark
Downstream : Upstream
Status: OPERATONAL
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: CLOSED
(8th April to 30th June - see below for alternate site)
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: OPEN

Phone: (03) 5027 8225
River Distance: 726 km
Lock 8: Wangumma
Downstream : Upstream
Status: OPERATIONAL
Sandbars between Locks 7&8

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: CLOSED
Pool lowering commenced 20th May 2015
Phone: (03) 5023 1396
River Distance: 1110 km
Lock 15: Euston
Downstream : Upstream
Status: OPERATIONAL
Pool Height Changes (see below)

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
Pool Height Changes (see below)

Phone: (03) 5487 7221
River Distance: 1992km
Yarrawonga Weir
River Information

Pending Lake Level Lowering (See below)
Lower Murray River
Depth Profile
(Normalised to pool level)
Lake Victoria Lake Level, Inflow, Outflow, Storage River Flow
into South Australia
Summary of Media Releases issued by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR), the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) and Murray Basin Authority (MDBA) released 22nd May 2015.

Flow Outlook
The flow at the South Australian border is approximately 4.5 GL/day and will remain around this rate during the coming week.

The flow over Lock 1 is approximately 3.5 GL/day and will remain around this rate during the coming week.

Barrage Operations And Water Levels In The Lower Lakes
The water level in Lake Alexandrina is approximately 0.55 m AHD and Lake Albert is approximately 0.52 AHD.

CONSTRUCTION WORKS & OTHER ISSUES

 

Murray River Mouth and Coorong
Dredging operations at the Murray Mouth commenced on 9 January 2015 to maintain connectivity (exchange of water) between the river and the Southern Ocean. Dredges are currently operating in the Tauwitchere and Goolwa Channels. At 3 May 2015, a total of approximately 372 600 cubic metres of sand had been removed. Recent monitoring has confirmed an improvement in the condition of both channels as a result of dredging.

Mariners are reminded that navigation through the Murray Mouth is only permitted during daylight hours and that Exclusion Zones established around the dredging operations remain in place to ensure public safety.

For more information refer to the Notice to Mariners at: http://webapps.transportsa.com.au/news/templates/dtei_template2010.aspx?articleid=2865&zoneid=15

 

Regulator Construction

Construction works have commenced on the Katarapko Floodplain. Road and waterway access to Bank N, Bank K, South Arm Road Crossing, Eckert Creek Bridge, Eckert Creek Log Crossing and the Stone Weir will be restricted during construction. These works will improve water flow and movement of native fish through Katarapko and Eckert Creeks. Work at Bank N, Bank K, Eckert Creek Bridge and South Arm Road Crossing is due for completion by the end of March 2015. Eckert Creek Log Crossing is due for completion by mid-June 2015.

 

Sites

Zone 54 H

Latitude

Longitude

Easting

Northing

Bank K

461,827

6,203,016

-34.3134006°S

140.5851104°E

Bank N

461,976

6,203,660

-34.3075983°S

140.5867582°E

South Arm Road Crossing

460,997

6,202,115

-34.3215323°S

140.5869182°E

Eckert’s Creek Log Crossing

458,237

6,200,517

-34.3357986°S

140.5459715°E

Katarapko Creek Stone Weir

458,708

6,198,906

-34.3503457°S

140.5510145°E

Eckert’s Creek Bridge

460,491

6,202,536

-34.3176793°S

140.5705681°E

 

 An Aquatic Activity Licence has been issued to the Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) to restrict access by all personnel and aquatic craft to the vicinity of each site. Blocked Channel marks will be displayed either side of each site.

 

Mariners are advised to use caution in the area.


Lock 1
Lock 1 is approximately 0.10 m below normal pool level of 3.2 m AHD to enable investigations to be undertaken at the weir.

Renmark River Vessel Waste Disposal Station (RVWDS)
Works to upgrade the Renmark RVWDS will commence on 8 April 2015. The station will be unavailable for use until works are completed around the end of June 2015. A temporary pump-out site will be available for river vessel operators, free-of-charge, for the duration of the construction works. This temporary site will be at the Jane Eliza Landing, Renmark, approximately 3 km upstream of the existing Renmark RVWDS. Details of the temporary site will be made available via The Advertiser, local press and signage at the site.

Lock 7
Remedial works at Lock 7 are expected to be completed by the middle of next week. Navigation is expected to re-commence around 29 April 2015. The works are necessary to maintain the structural integrity of the Lock chamber.

Pike Floodplain
Construction works are underway at Banks B and C on the Pike Floodplain to reinstate fish passage and hydraulic connectivity between the River Murray and Mundic Creek. Works are expected to be completed by July 2015. This activity will not cause restrictions to navigation on the main channel of the River Murray. Mundic Creek Road will be closed while works are underway..

Yatco Lagoon
Work is underway to relocate pump offtakes from Yatco Lagoon and install new pump offtakes on the River Murray. The construction work is expected to be completed by 30-June-2015

Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution when navigating in the vicinity.

Lake Victoria Outlet (advanced notice)
Remedial works at the Lake Victoria Outlet are planned to commence on 16 March 2015 and will take approximately eight weeks to complete. This is not anticipated to have any impact on river users.

Lock 11 - Advanced Notice

Remedial works at Lock 11 (Mildura) are expected to commence on 20 May 2015. Repairs to the concrete structure on the riverbed and installation of new mechanised trestles will require the weir pool to be gradually lowered (over about 7-9 days) to around 3.6 metres below full supply level for up to 10 weeks. River salinity may increase during the water level drawdown, depending on flow rates at the time. This will be monitored closely.

Lake Mulwala
Communities around Lake Mulwala are advised that the MDBA is lowering the lake, in preparation for structural works at Yarrawonga weir and to manage the aquatic weed Egeria densa.

Dartmouth Dam
Starting tomorrow (16/5/2015), the MDBA will be increasing the releases from Dartmouth Dam into the Mitta Mitta River as part of the process of bulk transfers to the Hume Dam. However, works at Dartmouth Dam will require a temporary reduction in releases later in May.

WATER QUALITY – Blue-Green Algae
The New South Wales Government, through Murrumbidgee Algal Coordinating Committee, has issued a red alert warning for toxic blue-green algae on the Murrumbidgee at Griffith, where water is unsuitable for recreation purposes. Although this toxic blue-green algal bloom poses 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.

 

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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