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About Esperance Lakes Canoe Trail
Esperance Lakes are part of the wetland network that supports a variety of wildlife on the south coast. The Lakes are a wonderful place to explore on your paddle craft and take in the picturesque surroundings. Beaches, sandbars and samphire flats. Lush sedgelands and gnarled paperbark trees. Open water and narrow winding channels.
Birdlife is prolific on the lakes and paddlers will be able to see egrets, pelicans, swans and a variety of ducks and summer visitors such as sanderlings and green-shanks.
Lake Wheatfield to Windabout Lake is 5.5km one way.
Lake Wheatfield to Woody Lake is 2.5km one way.
Woody Lake to Windabout Lake is 3km one way.
Be trail ready for Esperance Lakes Canoe Trail
Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
Time will depend on the route taken.
The longest return distance is 11km
What To Pack
Group F (Paddling trails) required.
What To Pack
Group F (Paddling trails)
- Plenty of water and food for duration of trip.
- Sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen (30+)
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions
- Lifejacket or flotation device
- Leg or paddle leash if paddling in the ocean
Additional Useful ItemsTake adequate drinking water (2 litres per person)
Windabout Lake boat ramp, off Windabout Way is 13mins from Esperance which is 720km (7.5 hours) south east of Perth
FacilitiesCanoes can be launched at the Woody Lake boat ramp or at the Lake Wheatfield car park.
Reflective trail markers are placed at intervals of 200m or less to help you navigate your way. Follow the markers and stay on the trail at all times.
- Car Park
- Water Access Points
Best time of year
July to early December when water levels are at their highest.
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Drone view of paddlers in the tributaries
Drone view of paddlers in the lakes
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