Lock 4 Bookpurnong Salt Interception Scheme

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Nitschke Road, District Council of Loxton Waikerie, South Australia

(08) 8595 2222.



The Riverland has six locks and weirs situated along its 362 kilometre section of the Murray River; from Lock 1 at Blanchetown, Lock 2 at Taylorville, Lock 3 at Overland Corner, Lock 4 at Bookpurnong (between Berri and Loxton), Lock 5 at Paringa to Lock 6 at Murtho (above Renmark). Initially built for paddle-steamers to transport cargo and supplies, the locks are now used by houseboats, cruise vessels and recreational craft. The Salt Interception Scheme consists of 22 production bores, 15 located on the floodplain and seven located on the highland. The average pumping rate is 2.5 L/s, although rates vary between 1.5 and 3 L/s. The total scheme produces approximately 48 L/s and reduces salt inflow to the River Murray by 80 tonnes of salt per day. This site has picnic and barbecue facilities, as well as toilets and interpretive signage. No fires and no fishing, swimming or boating within 150mtrs of the weir and lock. Open 7 days 7am - 4pm except Xmas. Bitumen road in, and turn around area at bottom and entry on the top. No camping or overnight parking allowed.

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Lat: -34.341375 Lng: 140.577735

User Reviews



A bit disappointed because you don't get a good view of the water drop or the lock but it is well looked after with nice bbq area and clean toilets. Also not much access to the river. Not as good as some other locks we've seen.


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