Camden Haven River

Physical characteristics

Entrance
location
Latitude (ºS)-31.64
Longitude (ºE)152.84
Catchment area (km2)1589.0
Estuary area (km2)1,232.2
Estuary volume (ML)3113802.1
Average depth (m)43.6
Roy et al. (2001) classification5III/5/B
Entrance condition6O/T
Notes:
  1. Derived from DECCW (2010) NSW estuaries and coastal catchments spatial database.
  2. Includes area mapped as open water (see note 1), mangrove and saltmarsh areas (Creese R. G., Glasby T. M., West G. and Gallen C. (2009) Mapping the habitats of NSW estuaries. Industry & Investment NSW Fisheries Final Report Series 113. Port Stephens, NSW, Australia.
  3. Based on areas at 0.6 m AHD (Roper T., Creese B., Scanes P., Stephens K., Williams R., Dela-Cruz J., Coade G. and Coates B. (2011) Assessing the condition of estuaries and coastal lake ecosystems in NSW. Office of Environment and Heritage, Sydney).
  4. Estimated by dividing the total volume at 0.6 m AHD by the total surface area of the estuary including mangrove areas but excluding saltmarsh (Roper et al., 2011)
  5. Estuary group: I = oceanic embayment, II = tide dominated estuary, III = wave dominated estuary, IV = intermittently closed estuary V = freshwater bodies
    Estuary type: 1 = ocean embayments, 3 = drowned valley estuary, 5 = barrier estuary, 6 = barrier lagoon, 7 = interbarrier estuary, 8 = saline coastal lagoon, 9 = small coastal creeks, 11 = brackish barrier lake. Evolution stage: A=youthful, B=intermediate, C=semi-mature, D=mature.
    (P. S. Roy, R. J. Williams, A. R. Jones, I. Yassini, P. J. Gibbs, B. Coates, R. J. West, P. R. Scanes, J. P. Hudson and S. Nichol (2001) Structure and Function of South-east Australian Estuaries. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 53, 351-384)
  6. Entrance conditions: O = open, T = trained, I = intermittent.

Tidal prism

The volume of water moving past a fixed cross section during each flood tide or ebb tide (i.e. slack water to slack water), is referred to as the tidal prism of an estuary.

The following table shows the measured tidal prism at the location specified, along with the tidal range for near the measurement site and at Sydney Harbour.

Location:     1.0km upstream from the entrance on 18/9/97

Tide stateFlow
(106 m3
Local
tidal range (m)
Sydney Harbour
tidal range (m)
Ebb flow7.561.241.7
Flood flow 7.751.271.71

Tidal survey

Tidal surveys measure the hydrodynamic behaviour of an estuary during a full tidal cycle. The parameters measured include velocity, water levels, salinity, temperature and pH.

The following tidal surveys have been undertaken on this estuary. A map shows the location and plots of the flows and water levels for the most comprehensive survey.

Copies of tidal survey reports are available from the Estuary Management Program

DateData collectedFigureReport
Aug 1976Current metering at two lines (Camden Haven River and Gogleys Lagoon) - complete flow metering exercise, eight tideboards, bed and sediment samples, temperature and salinity readings.-MHL296
Aug 1978Current metering on two lines.-MHL250
Aug 1979Current metering at three lines and water levels from seven tideboards, longitudinal temp/salinity recordings along the river to the tidal limit (Kendall).-MHL440
Sep 1997Extensive data collection: water levels at ten sites, velocities at seven sites, drogue tracking, in situ water quality at one site, water quality profiles at thirty-two sites and bed samples at fourteen sites.1988-22.pdfMHL887
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