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The Patawalonga Lake system – locally nicknamed “The Pat” – is an artificial lagoon managed by the state government, and plays an important role in local flood prevention, stormwater management and marine ecology.
Where “The Pat” meets St Vincent’s Gulf, a boat lock operates to maintain water levels within the system. This important facility is owned and managed by Council, and allows fishing and leisure boats to pass between the gulf and the sheltered marinas within.

Key contacts:

Patawalonga Lake Emergencies
• Life threatening: 000 (all hours)
• Flood events (S.E.S): 132 500 (all hours)
• Environmental (E.P.A):  8204 2004 (all hours)

Boat Lock Emergencies
• Life threatening: 000 (all hours)
• To report a faults: 8406 2600 (all hours)
• General Operational Information: 8229 9999 (Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 5pm)

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