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Lake Carlet is a large permanent wetland located on the northern bank of the river, approximately
168 km upstream from the Mouth of the River Murray and 17km upstream from Mannum. It has
a surface area of approximately 349 ha, comprising one main water body.
The main river connection to Lake Carlet occurs via a short, but deep channel located at the
upstream end of the wetland in the immediate vicinity of the Lake Carlet shack community. The
channel is approximately 20 m wide at its narrowest point but is greater than 2 metres deep and
exhibits significant flow, thus maintaining a strong connection between both the River Murray
and the wetland.
Lake Carlet is also connected to the mainstream via two smaller channels. One is a narrow, but relatively deep man-made channel located approximately 3.5 km downstream from the main connecting channel and which is permanently connected to the River Murray at normal pool level. The other is located at the extreme downstream end of the lake at Rocky Point. This connection, whilst relatively wide, is shallow and subject to silting and blockage by willows and exhibits poor hydraulic connectivity. A willow removal program has recently been implemented to enhance flow between the wetland and the river.