Low Lake is a very large native lagoon within Lakefield National Park, Cape York, which is a special, shared story place belonging to the Lama Lama and Kuku-Thaypan people. The site's perimeter outlined the boundaries to the clans and was a special ceremony area for men to dance. According to traditional laws, you cannot break or take any resources, nor can you throw rocks in the water or take any fish from the lagoon. The area was also strictly forbidden from living activity and was used for ceremony for thousands of generations.

While the Elders recorded the knowledge of the lagoon, they became upset by the current management and the general condition of the area. The Elders assessed the area from their Traditional Knowledge perspective and found that the natural and cultural features of the area needed to be protected. As a result, the Elders allowed a section of the lake for visitation in a bid to undertake proper protection to the rest of the lagoon which was declared a 'restricted access area' by QPWS. This also gives visitors a chance to see an area that is managed with the influence of its traditional management roots.

Signs, partly funded by the Traditional Knowledge Recording Project (TKRP), were designed for the area explaining the traditional story and management procedures to visitors. As the Traditional Owners do not have the resources to undertake the rest of the work, it has been left up to National Parks to complete the process. (Text source: TKRP Website )

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