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Information about the Rivers and Lakes of Papua New Guinea. If you know an answer to a FAQ and would like to see it here please contact me.

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  • wahgi river?

    It is in the highlands region of the country.

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  • Where can I fish in PNG?

    In most rivers and along the coast line. Check with local fishermen first.

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  • What is the biggest black marlin caught in PNG waters?

    Not sure but Dave Bryan's 1979 catch of a black marlin caught in local waters weighing a magnificent 282kg (622 pounds) might be close to being the biggest.

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  • What are some of the main lakes in PNG?

    Some of the main lakes are Lake Kutubu, Lake Murray and Chambri Lakes.

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  • Where can I fish for blue and black marlin, sailfish and dogtooth tuna?

    Blue and black marlin, sailfish and dogtooth tuna live in the coastal waters of New Ireland, Madang and East and West New Britain

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  • Where can I fish for black bass in PNG?

    Black bass, with a reputation of being one of the world's toughest fighting fish, can be found in the rivers of West and East New Britain and in the Huon Gulf in Morobe Province.

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  • Where can I find information on Rorona Falls in PNG?

    I have not been able to find information on Rorona Falls but a WWII picture of Rorona Falls can be found at -- http://www.b-26marauderarchive.org/PH/DonMalbm/P1719.htm and another picture is here -- http://www.b-26marauderarchive.org/PH/DonMalbm/P1720.htm

    World War two photo of Rorona Airstrip -- http://www.aboutww2.com/images/285.jpg -- printed 11 Oct 1942

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  • What are the principal rivers in PNG?

    The principal rivers include the Fly / Strickland, Sepik and Ramu Rivers.

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  • Has the Ok Tedi mine affected the numbers of fish in the rivers near the mine and further downstream?

    Fish numbers have dropped significantly in the Ok Tedi and the Fly River below the Ok Tedi/Strickland River junction. Fish numbers and variety are undiminished in the Fly River flood plain and the side streams.

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  • What are the levels of copper concentrates in the Fly Rivere since the Ok Tedi mine has been in operation?

    Sorry can not find an answer to that but I have been told that copper concentrations in the Fly River are well within PNG, Australian and World Health Organisation (WHO) drinking water standards. Settled water is safe to drink and fish are safe to eat.

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  • When was the "MV SEPIK SPIRIT" constructed?

    The "MV SEPIK SPIRIT" was constructed in 1989 and was built to the specifications to suit the demands of a shallow draft expeditionary vessel for navigating inland waterways. Its shallow draft allows passage into the heart of the Sepik River and areas not otherwise accessible to larger vessels.

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  • Where can I go white-water rafting in PNG?

    White water rafting trips are conducted on the Watut River near Bulolo and along the Waghi River in Simbu Province. The Central Province offers trips on the Angabanga & Vanapa rivers and the Southern Highland Province offering trips on the Mendi River.

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  • Can you use helicopters to get to dive spots in PNG?

    Helicopter Diving is the only way to access some of the more remote areas in PNG for a unique diving and cultural experience. The relatively slow speeds and altitudes of the helicopter will provide you with a true bird's eye view of the country and reef systems.

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  • I am transcribing my fathers memory of New Guinea during WWII. I am working from an audio tape. He mentions that Aitape was on a river called the "Druniemoor". I can not find this river on any maps. Is there a river/stream in that area that is close to that word? Thank you for all of your help.

    It may simply have changed its name to the Aitape River. I can find modern references to Aitape River but not Druniemoor / Driniumor River

    http://www.kilroywashere.org/003-Pages/BillGarbo/BillGarbo.html

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  • Where is the Purari River?

    The Purari River is located to the South of the Central highlands of PNG.

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  • Where is the Dawadawa river?

    It is in Milne Bay near Wagawaga.

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  • Doing research on fathers catalina sevice via his log book,looking for a location called Lake Toros. It shows 8 hours flight Port Moresby to Lake Toros and return. thanks if you could help.

    Can anyone help?

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  • Has anyone ever navigated the entire length of the Sepik? Who and when? By what means? How difficult is it to reach the very beginning of the river, and how far in to the river would it first be possible to start canoeing?

    Sorry, I have not been able to find an answer to this queston

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  • How long is the Sepik River?

    One of the world's greatest rivers, the Sepik is a meandering, oily-brown, serpentine flow of water, runs 1,126 kilometres (698 miles) from its origins in the mountains to the sea.

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  • Are there any mining projects along the Sepik River?

    The Sepik is probably the largest uncontaminated freshwater wetland system in the Asia-Pacific region. There are no large mining projects, no industrial plants, and no large timber extraction projects operating within the region and, compared to other areas of New Guinea, much of the area has a low rate of population growth.

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  • What is the catchment area of the Sepik River?

    The Sepik River, with a catchment of 77,700 square kilometres, is the largest river system in Papua New Guinea and drains most of the northern half of the country.

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  • What was the former name of the mighty Sepik River?

    It was formerly known as the Kaiserin Augusta River.

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  • Where are the Chambri Lakes?

    The Chambri Lakes, rich in fish and bird life, are located along the middle Sepik River.

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  • Where is the Middle Sepik?

    The true Middle Sepik starts just above Pagwi and continues down to the Sepik's junction with the Yuat River.

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  • Are there any hot springs in PNG?

    Yes there are many. Some are located at Deidei on Fergusson Island in Milne Bay Province. The springs are located on the eastern side of the island. The Melanesian Tourists Services Melanesian Discover makes regular stops at the island while doing the Port Moresby - Trobriand Island - Madang tours. Visitors can watch boiling water spout up to 20 mewtres then splash back down onto the concrete like floor.

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  • Where is the Lai River?

    The river has its source in the Wabag-Wapenamanda valley in Enga Province. From there it runs along the border of Enga with Western Highlands Province to join the Jimi River.

    The two rivers combine to form the much larger Yuat River, which flows northward to join the Sepik River, one of PNG's largest rivers, which flows into the sea off the north coast between Wewak and Madang.

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  • Where is the "Highlands Sea"?

    The "Highlands Sea" is located in the Arona Valley in the Eastern Highlands province.

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  • Where is the biggest man made lake in PNG?

    The beautiful Arona Valley of Eastern Highlands was once mooted by the colonial administration as a potential capital for the then Territory of Papua New Guinea.

    It's here that PNG's largest man-made lake - with water from the Ramu River - supplies water to the five Highlands provinces, Morobe and Madang.

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  • How does the Ramu River compare with the mighty Sepik River?

    The Ramu River basin in Madang Province parallels the larger Sepik River basin. During the rainy season, the two form a single flood plain. The population density is much lower on this smaller river and the villages are farther apart.

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  • What is the length of Purari river?

    Sorry I do not have that information at hand.

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  • Where is the Goldie River?

    Goldie River is just outside Port Moresby.

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  • Where is the Laloki River?

    The Laloki River is just outside the4 national capital of Port Moresby.

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  • What is the name of the place where Port Moresby gets water for human consumption and hydro electric generation?

    Sirinumu dam near Sogeri / Variata in Central Province.

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  • Where is Tulun Lake?

    I can not find a Lake Tulun but there is a Tulun Lagoon

    The Carteret group, also known as Tulun, consists of six small inhabited islands surrounding Tulun Lagoon. The largest island is located at 4o47'S, 155o28'E and it just makes it onto the PNG map provided by Air Niugini several years ago.

    Tulun Lagoon is located about 100 km north-east of the township of Buka.

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  • Where can I go rafting in the Southern Highlands?

    The Mendi valley is one of the most recent discoveries for rafting enthusiasts and considered one of the best in PNG. Situated in the beautiful Southern Highlands, the Mendi River is superb for all year rafting, but recommended for experienced rafters. This expedition will take you through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Highlands and down different river courses where traditional culture still thrives. The rivers are graded from 2 to 5 and you can select a trip that is based on your experience. Some have 30 foot waterfalls and a drop of 240 feet per mile.

    The less experienced rafter may prefer the drops of 65 feet per mile.

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  • Where is Nomad River?

    Nomad River is a tributary of the Strickland River in the Western Province of PNG.
    Nomad River Airport is a strip of about 3000 ft with an elevation of 350 ft. Lat - 142 7' 0" E / Long 6 39' 0" S

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  • On the trip of almost 1000 kilometres up the Fly River in 1876 who was the engineer on d'Albertis's boat - the Neva?

    The engineer was Lawrence Hargrave who went on to be a pioneer aviator in Australia.

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  • What was the original name given by d'Albertis to the Ok Tedi River?

    He named it the Alice in honour of Lawrence Hargrave's sister.

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  • What is the other major river which joins the Fly River?

    The Strickland River.

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  • What is the catchment area of the Fly and Strickland Rivers?

    The Fly and Strickland Rivers in the south-west corner of Papua New Guinea form a vast catchment area that encompasses some 76,000 square kilometres. As a source of water, food and transport, both rivers are essential to the lives of communities along their complex paths.

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