We moved from Crusoe to Tom Thumb early in 2016 as Crusoe was weeded out for the rest of the warmer weather.
Originally we were going to look at Lake Neangar at Eaglehawk since it was supposed to be deep enough, but in fact it wasn’t at that time.. We knew a little about Tom Thumb but only through the problems of the unwanted Ibis colony polluting the small Central Island and raising a quite a stink for the surrounding neighborhood.
However a quick inspect showed this to be no longer so and the lake itself, while small, was adequately suited to what we do.
It has plenty of shade and is only a short walk from roadside parking. It has a few park seats and is generally well maintained as a park. It has no toilet or covered shelter but then we are hardy folk.
We sailed on this small lake both days until Crusoe cleared in late April when we went back there on Mondays.
As of mid-Sept Neangar was naturally filled to capacity and so we swapped Tom Thumb for it on Wednesdays. You can read about Neangar in its own section.
Tom Thumb had only one really downer and that was the lack of steady breezes on most days. It was quite sailable but you find any bursts of lively gusts tend to be short lived, making racing a bit of a lottery depending on whether you chanced being in the right spot at the right time. You get that anywhere around here but more so here. Mind you, when the wind came from the west the conditions were great but westerlies seem to be seasonal so not all that numerous. Thing was, many of our group favoured Tom Thumb despite the few limitations and the others were quite happy to sail it along with Crusoe.
Early March 2017 saw Crusoe no longer navigable so it was back to Tom Thumb once more. Tom Thumb is a pretty lake, small and in reality just a large dam, or pond. It is certainly deep enough since we’ve been there with water being added to it regularly, but not so during summer 2016-2017 for some reason. A request to the Council regarding where the water comes from was met with a polite but unhelpful “no comment”.. But the local large golf links nearby were watered from it during our first season but may be getting elsewhere for our second round. At March 2017 it is down about half a metre.
Here’s a slideshow video of Tom Thumb during it’s first season.
Update May 2018
The summer of 2017/18 saw Tom Thumb lose a lot of water which was not replaced. Along with the unseasonal summer “dry” it is now at the lowest we have ever seen. While still plenty of depth it is now well below the surrounding bush and so the breezes are not as useful having to get down to the water and tend to be all over th place. Like Neangar, the authorities have lined the banks with course aggregate to combat erosion, but it also will greatly hinder boat launching should it ever be naturally filled again, which will happen someday.