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Lake Albert is one of Wagga's most popular recreational facilities. It caters for boating, fishing, swimming and other aquatic activities.
The five-and-a-half kilometre circuit walking track is commonly used by walkers, joggers and bike riders. Eight fitness stations have been installed in four locations along the walking track on the eastern side of Lake Albert. Set over 800 metres, the fitness stations are very popular with users of the lake.
Boat ramps are located at Bosley Park, adjacent to the Wagga Wagga Boat Club on the lake’s western side, and at Apex Park on the eastern side. Also at Apex Park is a children’s playground with a separate fenced area for smaller children.
Lake Albert is family friendly and a must for visitors to Wagga Wagga.
Lake Albert Maps
Lake Albert Features
Bosley Memorial Park Features
Apex Park Features
O'Halloran Park Features
Lake Albert Facilities
Amenities are available at Apex Park and Bosley Memorial Park.
Public boat ramps are available year round at both Apex Park and Bosley Memorial Park. There is also a private boat ramp, managed by the Boat Club, located next to Bosley Memorial Park.
There are many BBQs, picnic shelters and table settings located around the Lake, and they are free to use!
A large adventure playground and fenced toddler playground can be found at Apex Park, with other smaller playgrounds located around the Lake.
The adventure playground at Apex Park includes a large climbable rope structure with a huge slide, a massive bird's nest swing, a boat, some rocks, and other things kids can play on.
The toddler playground at Apex Park is fenced and covered with a Shade Sail.
Set over 800m, Eight fitness stations have been installed in four locations near Apex Park.
Lake Albert Walkway
At 5.5km in length, the Lake Albert Walkway is an incredibly popular walking track that does a complete circuit around Lake Albert. The Walkway can be utilised by people of all levels of fitness and mobility given it's constant flat grade and well sealed surface.
Watch the clip below, starting at O'Hallaron Park and riding anti-clockwise around the lake, to appreciate what the Walkway has to offer.
Lake Albert Recreational User Groups
Wagga Sailing Club
The Wagga sailing club is based at Lake Albert. They hold regular sailing events throughout the year and also offer a beginner sailing program.
Contact : www.waggawaggasailingclub.com.au
Wagga Boat Club
Situated on the banks of Lake Albert off Plumpton Rd, the boats club offers a licensed bar, meals and boat ramp (accessible to members only). The clubs premier event is the Barry Carne Memorial ski race held on Mother's Day each year.
Contact : http://www.waggawaggaboatclub.com/
Wagga Triathlon Club
Club holds regular triathlon and duathlon events from Apex Park each month.
Wagga Road Runners
A social running club that has weekly runs across Wagga with March and June events held at Lake Albert
Contact : http://www.waggaroadrunners.com
Bidgee Dragons WaggaWith 2 dragonboats, Bidgee Dragons Wagga have been formed to have fun while participating in the physically challenging activity of dragon boating.
Lake Albert Water Quality - Current Readings
The water quality of Lake Albert is regularly monitored to ensure it is safe for the public to swim in.
Wagga Wagga City Council is currently advising against the use of Lake Albert due to high bacteria levels.
For all feedback regarding Lake Albert, please send an email to email@example.com
In 2018/19 Council is conducting a 12-month trial of an ultrasound system which aims to control cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) to safe levels in Lake Albert. Find out more.
Most recent samples recorded on: 14th January 2019
|Blue Green Algae||Bacterial Content|
Blue Green Algae readings and what they mean
|No Alert Level Triggered||GREEN LEVEL|
|No restriction.|| No restriction.|
Routine monitoring to measure cyanobacterial levels.
| No restriction.|
Increased sampling to enable risks to be more accurately assessed
WWCC and health authorities to warn the public that the water body is considered to be unsuitable for water contact activities, such as swimming, bathing, sailing, skiing or other direct water-contact sports.
Interpretation of Cyanobacterial alert levels for recreational water (a)
<500 cells/mL M.aeruginosa
Biovolume <0.04 for the combined total of all cyanobacteria.
500 to <5000 cells/mL M.aeruginosa
Biovolume equivalent of >0.04 to <0.4 mm3/L for the combined total of all cyanobacteria.
5000 to <50,000 cells/mL M.aeruginosa
Biovolume equivalent of 0.4 to 4mm3/L for the combined total of all cyanobacteria where a toxic producer is dominantf in the total biovolume
0.4 to < 10 mm3/L for the combined total of all cyanobacteria where known toxic producers are not present.
Level 1 guidelines
10μg/L total microcystins OR
50,000 cells/mL toxic M.aeruginosa or biovolume equivalent of 4mm3L for the combined total of all cyanobacteria where a known toxin producer is dominate* in the total biovolume
10mm3/L for total biovolume of all cyanobacteria material where the known toxins are NOT present.
Health risks = Skin and eye irritation with prolonged contact. Gastrointestinal complaints (eg. vomiting, diarrhoea) from consumption of water. Boiling water does not remove toxins. Fish may be unsafe to eat due to bioaccumulation of toxins.
Livestock including companion animals can be particularly susceptible to toxins produced by algae.
Bacterial content readings and what they mean
|No restrictions of use. Maintain regular monitoring.||Advise against primaryc contact. WWCC to erect signs. Maintain regular monitoring.||Advise against ALL use. WWCC to erect signs. Maintain regular monitoring.|
Interpretation of Faecal Coliform alert levels for recreational water (b)
<150 cfu/100mLd OR
<35 enterococci organisms/100ml
Mediane of last 5 samples 150 - 1,000 cfu/100mLd
35 - <230 enterococci organisms/100ml (Maximum number in any one sample: 60-100 organisms/100mL)
1,000 cfu/100mLd OR
230 enterococci organisms/100ml (Maximum number in any one sample: 450-700 organisms/100mL)
Health risks = Gastrointestinal complaints (e.g. vomiting, diarrhoea) from consumption of water.
a NHMRC (2008) Guidelines for managing risks in recreational water. National Health and Medical Research Council
b ANZECC & ARMCANZ (2000). Australian and New Zealand guidelines for fresh and marine water quality. National Water Quality Management Strategy Paper no. 4. Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council / Agriculture and Resource Management Council of Australia and New Zealand.
c Primary contact: water used for primary contact activities, such as swimming, bathing or other direct water-contact sports.
d cfu/100mL = colony forming units per 100mL
e Median = The middle number
f Dominate = the species of interest (i.e. known toxic producer) comprises 75% or more of the total biovolume
Lake Albert Upgrades
Over the past ten years, Wagga Wagga City Council has been working to implement a range of recommendations in the Lake Albert Management Plan 2009-2015.
Some of these completed projects include:
- Bosley Park Amenities Upgrade
- Bosley Park Erosion Remediation
- Stringybark Creek Remediation
- Crooked Creek Remediation
- Apex park upgrades
- Foreshore erosion works
For more information about the latest project news and information about Wagga Wagga City Council's continuing upgrades, check out the Lake Albert project page.