The Swamp also holds important social and cultural values. Fourteen reported middens indicate a long history of Aboriginal use of the area (VAS 1992). Ruins of early pioneer huts also remain (A. Chappell pers. comm). The Swamp is used regularly for recreation, including bird watching.
Information and photograph by Mal Brown
Serpentine Creek – visitors will also be able to catch a glimpse of the wildlife along the environmentally significant Serpentine creek
The Serpentine Creek is a regulated natural carrier on the Pyramid Channel 12 system. Under natural conditions the creek takes flood flows from the Loddon River near Serpentine and splits the flow between the Pennyroyal and Nine Mile Creeks north of Durham Ox. Currently two outfall structures control flow to the Pennyroyal and Nine Mile Creeks. The Pennyroyal Outfall is part of the Strategic Measurement Program and is SCADA controlled. All outfall water is passed to the Pennyroyal Creek. No outfalls flow to the Nine Mile Creek.
Flows from the Loddon River via Bears Lagoon (another site on the tour), becomes Pennyroyal Creek and ends in Tragowel Swamp. Serpentine Creek is a wide (30-40 m) sluggish creek with turbid water. It has low banks with riparian vegetation of reeds, cumbungi and river red gums at Durham Ox. Good water depths (100 cm), some instream snags and aquatic vegetation. Good instream habitat. Main angling species are abundant – golden perch, redfin and European carp. Also goldfish, eastern gambusia, Australian smelt and flathead gudgeon. No recent records of Murray cod. Stocked with golden perch around Durham Ox.
Michael Moore, trip coordinator