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Menindee Lakes

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Maintained by the damming of the Darling River, the Menindee Lakes form part of the vital water supply system for the city of Broken Hill and for farmers along the Murray River.

Menindee Lakes viewed from the Main Weir
By Jeremy Buckingham (Flickr: Darling River at Menindee Main Wier) [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

The main weir on the Darling River at Menindee

While located in what could be considered to be a rugged region of the New South Wales outback, the lakes would previously fill and empty based on the seasonal conditions. Due to the damming of the Darling and the creation of the lakes as a water supply, they are now never empty and cover 47,500 hectares of fresh water. The lakes are an important bird area.

Water is pumped from the lakes to the city of Broken Hill via a 100 kilometer pipeline.

Darling River past the Main Weir at Menindee Lakes
By Jeremy Buckingham (Flickr: Darling River past the Menindee main wier) [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

The Darling River after it passes through the main Menindee Weir.

The small township of Menindee sits within the lake system on the banks of the Darling River. The township stared out as river crossing serving the sheep farmers in the district.

Main Weir at the Menindee Lakes (1)
By Jeremy Buckingham (Flickr: Main Wier - Menindee) [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons
Lake Pamamaroo
By Jeremy Buckingham (Flickr: Lake Pamamaroo) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

One of the lakes, Lake Pamamaroo.