Katarapko Stone Weir – a bit of history

Katarapko Stone Weir is a popular fishing spot near Berri, not far from the upstream end of Katarapko Creek.  It is a barrier for boats, and kayaks need to portage around it.  It is also a barrier for fish, and a popular spot for fishermen and for fish-eating birds.

The weir is constructed of rocks and is 50m wide.  When the flow is low it gives pedestrian access to Katarapko island – but watch your ankles – it’s a rough walk.

We  recently learned a bit of history about the Katarapko Stone Weir. We spoke with someone who had seen a photo taken in 1908 at the location of the Katarapko Stone Weir. (By comparison, nearby Lock 4 was built in 1929) Apparently the weir was originally a stone-filled timber crib weir.    The photo below shows some of the wood still visible.  An image of the original weir can be seen on page 3 of this document.page 3 of this document.

The weir was built to restrict the flow through Katarapko Creek, encouraging more flow through the river itself.  This was to ensure that the Loxton stretch of the river had sufficient flow for Paddle navigation and irrigation.  Calculations say that the river at Loxton would be 27cm lower at Loxton if the Stone Weir were no longer there.

The nearby Causeway Campground (Campsite 19)  is a lovely shady site, so pack your fishing line and plan a weekend enjoying this significant location.


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