Haughton River Wetlands

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This information is a subpage of the Haughton River condition information for the Burdekin Water Quality Improvement Plan 2009 and should be read in conjunction with this information.

The Haughton floodplain contains one of the greatest concentrations of wetland habitat in the entire catchment. The conservation values of the area include wetlands listed in the Directory of Important Wetlands, and as part of Bowling Green Bay National Park and RAMSAR site. More is known of the creeks and wetlands on the coastal floodplain than in the upper catchment. The upper Haughton River itself has few permanent waterholes whereas the Reid River and Majors Creek sub-catchments contain several significant waterholes and wetlands. Because of the intensive agricultural land uses, many of the creeks and wetlands have been highly modified from their original state. Modified hydrology, loss of fish passage and riparian vegetation, and domination by aquatic weeds make many of the wetlands of poor quality. However, some retain significant values, and with some rehabilitation effort these systems can be healthy and productive ecological systems. This area is a high priority for such investments.


Sources of data and definitions for this table.

ID No. Name Type Permanency of inundation Flushing frequency / flow No of water bodies Prop of water bodies Description
1 Upper Reid river gorges Riv Permanent Intermittent Many M Sloping gorge river
2 Reid/Upper Haughton R Riv Semi-perm Ephemeral Few VL Dry, sandy rivers
3 Haughton River Riv Permanent Ephemeral Few VL Dry, sandy rivers
4 Weir pools Lac Permanent Permanent Few VH Two weir pools
5 Majors Creek Riv Permanent Intermittent Few L Sandy river
6 Serpentine lagoon system Pal Seasonal Seasonal Several M Major seasonal macrophyte and grass wetland
7 Mt Elliot streams Riv Permanent Seasonal Many M High slope, rocky mntn streams, NP
8 Horseshoe Lagoon Lac Permanent Semi-perm One VH Major regional lake, supplemented by irrigation water, DOIW
9 Horseshoe creek Riv, Pal Permanent Seasonal Several H Series of vegetated lagoons, DOIW
10 Pink Lily Lagoon Pal Semi-perm Seasonal One H Shallow, macrophyte filled lake, DOIW
11 Crooked Creek systems Pal Permanent Seasonal Several VH Series of lagoons, DOIW
12 Healeys Lagoon system Riv Permanent Semi-perm Few VH Supplemented riverine lagoon
13 Reed beds complex Pal Permanent Seasonal Few H Shallow series of lakes, DOIW
14 Cromarty complex Pal Permanent Seasonal Many H Complex of coastal wetlands. DOIW, Ramsar & NP

No. Water Quality Aquatic habitat Values Degree of confidence
Departure from natural Functionality Departure from natural Functionality
1 1 1 1 1 4 3
2 2 2 2 2 5 2
3 2 2 2 2 4 2
4 5 2 5 3 3 1
5 2 2 2 2 4 2
6 2 2 2 2 1 2
7 1 1 1 1 3 2
8 5 2 4 3 2 1
9 3 2 3 3 1 2
10 4 3 4 3 2 2
11 4 3 4 3 2 2
12 4 3 4 3 1 1
13 2 2 2 2 1 1
14 2 2 2 1 1 2


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