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Just over 100 kilometres from Perth, Lane Poole Reserve covers more than 50,000 hectares and is the largest park in the northern jarrah forest.
Forest-cloaked valleys and meandering waterways make Lane Poole an enchanting place to visit and its close proximity to Perth ensures its popularity.
The Murray River, the longest permanent river in the jarrah forest and one of the few major rivers remaining undammed, flows through the park. Slow and meandering in spring and summer, people flock here to canoe its tranquil waters. In winter, the river rises, with white water and fast currents, creating a challenge for more experienced canoeists and kayakers.
Dogs are allowed in Lane Poole Reserve but must be kept on a leash at all times.
At campgrounds without facilities or with basic facilities rates are: adult $7.50, concession $5.50 and child (6-15yrs) $2.20 per night. At campgrounds with facilities such as ablutions or showers, camp kitchens or picnic shelters rates are: adult $7.50, concession $5.50 and child (6-15yrs) $2.20 per night. Online booking is available in six of the nine campgrounds in the park at Parkstay.dpaw.wa.gov.au. Campsites which are not bookable operate on a first come first served basis.
Entry fees apply at many of the popular national parks in WA and many visitors appreciate the savings and convenience of purchasing either a four week Holiday Pass or Annual All Parks Pass online at Shop.dpaw.wa.gov.au/ before their trip.
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There are many places where you can launch a canoe, including Island Pool, Yarragil, Baden Powell and Stringers. A popular stretch for canoeing is the 11.5-kilometre journey from Yarragil to Nanga Road Bridge. In winter some stretches of the river are fast flowing and can be treacherous and are suitable for experienced canoeists and kayakers only.
Lane Poole is a popular destination for bushwalkers with many walks of varying length and difficulty that include the Bibbulmun Track and King Jarrah Trail.
Mountain bikers can ride a section of the Munda Biddi Trail or the Waterous Trail.
Many people fish in the Murray River and some of its permanent tributaries for species such as rainbow trout, redfin perch, cobbler and marron. Closed seasons, bag limits and minimum legal sizes help protect stocks from over-fishing. You must observe the regulations and have a valid fishing licence. Licences are available from any Australia Post Office, Department of Fisheries office or online.