Wednesday, October 8, 2008

ABC Wednesdays - L for Lock

In the 1920's and 30's a series of 14 locks and weirs were built along the River Murray to manage water flow and levels in the river. This is Lock 4 at Bookpurnong (between Berri and Loxton).

The locks are large enough to accommodate 6 to 8 medium sized houseboats and passage through a lock takes about 20 minutes. The lock system also allows quite large cruise vessels to navigate the river.

Alongside of Lock 4 is a pleasant picnic spot. This was my cycle group's lunch stop on a ride we did from Berri in 2005.

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14 comments:

shutterhappenings said...

What a great shot! This is very wonderful.

My L pictures are posted here and here. Hope you can drop by, too! Thanks!

Jim Sheng said...

Great blog! I love it.

nina said...

Always fun to see these in action!
Nice "L"

RuneE said...

There is a certain charm about locks - it must have been a nice pcnic.

Aileni said...

A good one. There is a fair bit of variety today.

babooshka said...

The first lock I've seen. I barged when I was younger.. Those locks can be hard work. Good choice and what a lovely looking area.

Bear Naked said...

What a beautiful spot for a picnic.
So very peaceful looking.

Bear((( )))

photowannabe said...

Very original and interesting post. I've gone through locks on the Mississippi River and thought it was fascinating.

John said...

Nice shot and interesting reading.

Jay said...

Well, I've learned something. I had no idea that you had houseboats on rivers in Australia! I don't know why I should think you didn't .. .it just never occurred to me!

That's quite a sizeable lock, isn't it?

earthlingorgeous said...

Nice! Thanks for the lesson! I learned! Awesome L post.

Neva said...

I have been in the locks many times as a kid as we lived on the river and to get to one place or another we had to go through the locks....kinda scary when you are in a small motor boat sitting next to the very large barges!!!! nice photo today Gordon.

leslie said...

They have a lot of those in England, too. Good choice for today. :D

Kim from Hiraeth said...

I can see why this is a favorite picnic spot!