Lake Jasper, D’entrecasteaux National Park

Lake Jasper is the largest freshwater lake in WA, located near Pemberton in the D’entrecasteaux National Park.  It is known primarily for its high quality water and the great campsites to have some time away! We often use the water for washing dishes, but I wouldn’t advise you drink it!

If you want to camp, the only way to get to the camp grounds is to drive (or you can hike in but it’s a long walk!), and you need a 4WD to get there. Sometimes the tracks can be easy, but there is always the odd chance that the sand could be dry and soft (and it would have to be when you choose to go without a 4WD!).

A sunset at Lake Jasper
Lake Jasper

My first visit to Lake Jasper was done on a small 4WDing trip from Pemberton to Black point and along the coast a bit, and then to Lake Jasper. The coastline to the south of Perth is quite impressive, so be sure to check it out! We had an absolute blast, although a cars clutch went (making it awfully difficult to continue) and we will definitely be heading down there again.

What is the D’entrecasteaux National Park?

Lake Jasper is found in the D’Entrecasteaux National Park. The D’entrecasteaux National Park can be found south of Perth, and can be found near black point and Augusta. Much of the park is in its natural and original state, which is why very few facilities are provided. There are some very isolated camp sites, as well as hiking tracks which are a pleasure to do.

I have actually hiked down there for several days through the D’entrecasteaux National Park, and thoroughly enjoyed it (even though I prefer being in a 4WD!).

A huge puddle
A huge puddle

How do you get there?

The 4WD tracks start just out of Pemberton. You can see most of the tracks on Google Maps, or a decent offroad navigation system will sort you out with no worries.

We started off from Donnelly River,  where the kangaroos and emus like to gather. The first night that we went Camping we stopped at Black point. It costs a few dollars to stay there, but its well worth it. From there, it’s only about a 30 minute drive along some tracks to Lake Jasper.

Friendly animals in Pemberton
Friendly animals in Pemberton

What can you do there?

The lake itself has several campsites surrounding it. If you want, you can stay the night, and enjoy the views over the lake. The camp sites are close enough to the water and most have fire places. Again, its a few dollars each per night to stay at the sites, but it all goes to maintaining the area, so don’t try to get out of it. The ranger is often around in the mornings, and they are likely to ask for the money.

A warm fire on a cold night is great
A warm fire on a cold night is great

If you have a kayak, you can explore the lake in peace. Power boats have since been banned at the Lake. If the weather is nice you can also go for a swim. When we were there it was simply too cold to even think about jumping in the water.

There are a number of 4WD tracks which go around the lake, but be sure to check the depth of any puddles. If it’s been wet, there can be massive puddles which will drown your car in no time. Don’t ask me how I know this!

Bogged badly at Lake Jasper in the Land Cruiser
Completely hung up in a water crossing

What is nearby?

As mentioned above, just around the corner is Black point, which is a great fishing spot (many black rocks with some amazing places to drop a line). Be sure to stay well clear of the swell though; we have seen the waves come in very fast and wet a long way up the rocks. Occasionally people are killed on the coast of Western Australia, because they are unaware of how dangerous it can be.

Signs for where to Ski
Signs for where to Ski

There really isn’t much else nearby. The camp sites tend to be fairly well spread out which means that you get exactly what you came for – a break from all the hustle and bustle! The views are amazing if you pick the right spot, and having a good fire at night is a great way to unwind. The bush in the D’entrecasteaux national park is unique, and quite amazing to walk through.

What should you take?

As far as I am aware, firewood is not available at this spot, but I know people tend to take things out of the bush. Whether or not the ranger wants you to do that I am not sure, but it’s probably a good idea to take some wood along with you.

A kayak is a good way to have some fun in the water, or , but leave the boat at home if you have one. Like other trips, take recovery gear and spare parts (driving home in a car without a clutch is not fun at all).

Be prepared for problems
Be prepared for problems

Having a kit of at least the basics can save you a heap of time and stress. The beaches in the surrounding area’s can be very soft; make sure you know what to do in regards to Beach Driving.

When should you go?

This depends on what you want to do. We went during winter, and it rained a bit, but it was still great fun. The advantage of going then is there are no flies and the vegetation is quite green. Of course it’s usually to cool to swim in the lake but there’s still lots to see.

Be aware that the campsites fill up very quickly if you go during the school holidays.

A puddle we had to cross
A puddle we had to cross

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  1. Hi Mark,

    I am not sure about fires on Jasper Beach. When did they get banned at Lake Jasper and Black Point? Does that include in winter too? I’d give the shire rangers a call – seems ridiculous that they would ban them in the middle of winter, but maybe its just a knee jerk reaction after the fires they have had down there.


  2. Im heading down this weekend to camp at jasper beach, anyone know if camp fires allowed there? I now they are now banned at black point and lake jasper.


  3. G’day Justin,

    It’s a pity to see that recreational side of things closed. Still, its an awesome place to visit


  4. Justin Jun says:

    Department of Environment and Conservation has closed the lake to powerboats (8 May 2012) saying that powerboats “could have negative effects on the flora and fauna, water quality and other passive recreational activities at the near pristine wetland…. they could also cause bank erosion and disturbance to the sensitive lake bed including archaeological and Aboriginal heritage values.”

  5. G’day Shane,

    It’s a shame about the fire down there. I knew they closed it, but was never informed of an approximate opening date. In regards to skiing in the lake, I wouldn’t risk it. I’d be surprised if you didn’t get into trouble for doing it (which is also a shame – such a good lake for a day out on the boat!). Still, it wouldn’t hurt to give the DEC a call!


  6. Tried to get in two days ago, ~ (8/3/2012) still closed due to fires. If you check with pemberton DEC then they should let you know when it’s good to go.

    ps. not sure if ski boats are allowed, tollerated or if the ranger tells you to pack up and piss off.

    any thoughts??


  7. Thanks Jeff,

    Have a good one


  8. Great site Aaron I like it a lot! Cheers !

  9. Hi Maria,
    The DEC is worth contacting before you plan a trip like this. The fires were very unfortunate. Hopefully it will be open soon.
    Take it easy

  10. Maria Robbo says:

    We went there on Australia Day and found that we could not get through due to surrounding areas that were under attack with fire. How do we find out before we go somewhere what is happening in the surrounding area and whether we can get to the designated area.

  11. Hi Rob,

    Sounds like you had a great trip! I like Lake Jasper – lots of variety around there. I know what you mean about the track – what vehicle do you have? When I did it we did a trip from Pemberton and came in from near Black Point – hence the directions! I know they need to open up more campsites – when we were there it was off peak and still very busy. I don’t recall seeing any fish down there when we went – perhaps they died of poisoning or something? I don’t really know enough about them to be honest. If you like Lake Jasper I would say you would enjoy Walpole – I just spent the weekend down there and had a blast. Top notch location for a get away!

    Have a good one

  12. On the weekend we camped at the Lake , we found a really great spot to camp , under trees and metres away from the water. There were no flies but a little bit of rain . Can’t understand why there is not many birds around the lake . Also the yabbies are really weird , they are blue and look like shrips with yabbie claws and grow to about 50mm .The fish are green in colour don’t know what they were but there were heaps washed up on the beach .They really could do with opening out more camp sites as there are not many .
    Lastly getting there is a lot better from Pnumonia Rd rather than going from Black Point , that road is a bitch .
    Any way good spot .

  13. Sure 🙂

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  15. Awesome! I bet it would be a real problem towing ski boats in if the sand got really chopped up; those things are mighty heavy and don’t have a huge amount of clearance! I guess with the right tyre pressures in all tyres it wouldn’t be such an issue; people take 2 tonne fishing boats on the beach. You will love Hill River, its a very special place. Have a great trip, and stay safe.


  16. Aaron,

    Love you site. I think it is great. I went to Lake Jasper of the Christmas/New Year break 2009. I really enjoyed it though the flies can be a pain. From what I am aware there is no ‘real road’ into Jasper. On one of the trips along Scott road into the lake we passed two 4x4s towing ski boats out. The sand was very boggy but they were going fine. I towed a trailer in fine as well.

    On another note I’m visiting Hill River this weekend so can send you some photos and give you an update on the condition.

    Thanks, Chris.