Lake Magenta

Lake Magenta is an ephemeral salt lake in the Wheatbelt area of Western Australia.

Lake Magenta
Lake Magenta is located in Western Australia
Lake Magenta
Lake Magenta
Location in Western Australia
LocationWheatbelt, Western Australia
Coordinates33°26′28″S 119°11′01″E / 33.44111°S 119.18361°E / -33.44111; 119.18361Coordinates: 33°26′28″S 119°11′01″E / 33.44111°S 119.18361°E / -33.44111; 119.18361
TypeSalt lake
Primary inflowsLake Lockhart
Basin countriesAustralia
DesignationLake Magenta Nature Reserve
Max. length22 km (14 mi)
Max. width7 km (4.3 mi)
Surface area110 km2 (42 sq mi)
Surface elevation390 m (1,280 ft)

The lake is located 55 kilometres (34 mi) north-east of Jerramungup and 62 kilometres (39 mi) east of Pingrup.

The lake is part of the 1,080 km2 (420 sq mi) Lake Magenta Nature Reserve as is the bushland to the west of the lake. The area is in relatively pristine condition and contains a rich array of flora and fauna. Water quality and the health of vegetation has begun to decline in the area as salinity of surface runoff has increased and groundwater levels have risen.[4]

Lake Magenta has a wetland area located to the south, and is on the southern end of an 80 kilometres (50 mi) chain of lakes from Lake Biddy in the north, through Lake Stubbs (and the town of Newdegate), Lake Buchan and Lake Lockhart. There are three other lakes nearby to the east: Lake Morris, Lake Royston and Lake Cobham.

The lake is a broad flat-floored valley with long paleo-drainages to the north and more steeply incised drainage lines to the south. The soils in the area are described as siliceous and calcareous loamy soils of minimal development. The rest of the area is composed of hard and sandy alkaline yellow and mottled sands.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas – Map of Lake Magenta". 2009. Retrieved 4 March 2009.
  2. ^ "Avon River Basin Natural Resource Management Plan". 2004. Archived from the original on 6 January 2009. Retrieved 4 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Lake Bryde Recovery Catchment paleochannel drillingInvestigation" (PDF). 2006. Retrieved 4 March 2009.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Department of Environment - State government project to tackle salinity problem in Southern Wheatbelt". 2002. Archived from the original on 5 August 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2009.
  5. ^ "Preliminary Groundwater Investigations in Relation to Soil Salinity at Fitzgerald, Western Australia" (PDF). 1982. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 September 2008. Retrieved 5 March 2009.