"As most of you are already aware, the lake level has dropped down to approximately 300mm below normal lake level over the last 8 weeks. This is primarily due to low flows into the lake combined with evaporation and abstraction from the lake for irrigation. Abstraction for the lake is administered by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) under the ACT Government. The National Capital Authority (NCA) contacted the EPA in late November to request activation of low level water restrictions for abstractors and, together with other abstractors, have adjusted the extraction rate to assist in managing the lake level.
The long range forecast for the ACT remains hot and dry over the summer period and we are likely to see the lake level drop lower in the coming months. Please be aware that lower lake levels might make use of boat ramps and other lake infrastructure problematic. Please assess the suitability of boat ramps before attempting to launch a boat. During this period we ask that you remain aware of hazards that might arise while the lake level is low.
The NCA will continue to monitor the lake level and work with the EPA to control abstraction from the lake in the coming months."
Above information provided courtesy NCA.
The effect on the lake is quite noticeable in the above photos taken at Lotus Bay, near the Canberra Yacht Club in Yarralumla, and the photo of the waterline in Central Basin near the National Gallery of Australia. Using the bushes (marked with a red arrow) as a guide, you can clearly see how far the water has receded from the shore since 6 October 2019.
Having lived in Canberra for decades, I've only recently discovered the joys of kayaking. My craft of choice, the trusty Green Hornet (in fact a "Quest 10" manufactured by Canadian company, Riot) provides an ideal platform to photograph lake landscapes, the occasional event on the water and other items of interest.