What if the water leaving St Clair Lagoon Dam was not the source of the Derwent?

 

Different people hold views about the start and finish of places and the same is true for the Derwent River.  So, just in case, someone should say to me that the River’s source is at the weir where water flows from the Derwent Basin into St Clair Lagoon, or the source is where the water flows from the body of Lake St Clair into the Derwent Basin, I walked to both other locations to be sure I had arrived at ‘the source’.

From St Clair Lagoon Dam I returned to the Pumphouse Point road and continued towards Lake St Clair and the Hotel.  Trees flanked the walk.

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And I passed unwalkable wetlands.

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Suddenly one corner of spectacular Lake St Clair stretched before me, and I could see the outlier of the Pumphouse Point Hotel sitting crisply on the Lake, roughly marking the entrance of water to the Derwent Basin.

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As I walked towards the Point I fell in love with Mount Olympus standing high in all its grandeur. Zeus would be pleased.

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Gradually I closed in on the Point so that the white box appeared as a building.

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The entrance to the Hotel seemed barred to me.

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However to the right of the entrance a sign indicated a walking track would take me to the Weir at the southern end of the Derwent Basin.

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Again, anglers have been remembered.

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