Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Jurong Lake

Description

Jurong Lake is a 70 ha freshwater lake located in the western region of Singapore. It is formed with the damming of Sungei Jurong. It was constructed and managed by the Jurong Town Corporation (now JTC Corporation). In April 1983, the Public Utilities Board (PUB) took over the management of Jurong Lake, which now serves as Singapore’s twelfth reservoir, contributing to the water supply of the country. The lake is surrounded by Jurong Lake Park on its perimeter that consists of a waterfront with off-road cycling paths. There are several tourist attractions within the Lake, including the Chinese Garden and Japanese Garden, which are located on their respective islands within the lake. The park and gardens are all managed by JTC Corporation.

Jurong Lake is part of the PUB’s Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) programme. The ABC Waters Programme was launched in April 2006 to transform Singapore’s water bodies beyond their functional purposes into beautiful and clean streams, rivers and lakes, creating a vibrant City of Gardens and Water. ABC Waters at Jurong Lake features a 235 m boardwalk and fishing deck, as well as a stage and viewing gallery along the south-western promenade. Floating wetlands have been established along the boardwalk to attract wildlife such as fish and birds, in an effort to enhance the biodiversity of the lake. Water activities such as kayaking and dragon boating are also available at the lake with dedicated lanes for competitive rowing and a water activity-based centre operated by the People’s Association. Footpaths have been extended from the existing park connector, allowing visitors to reach the north-western lake shoreline where sport fishing can be done.

There are various species of fish recorded in the lake. However, many are introduced species including the Red-bellied Pacu (Piaractus brachypomus), Common Baung Catfish (Hemibagrus nemurus), Midas Cichlid (Amphilophus citrinellus), and Jaguar Cichlid (Parachromis managuensis). Visitors can also spot the Lineated Barbet (Megalaima lineata), and the uncommon Banded Skimmer Dragonfly (Pseudothemis jorina), among other animals living around the lake.


How to get there
Jurong Lake is just a quick walk from Lakeside and Chinese Garden MRT stations. Alternatively, visitors may take bus services 154, 240 and 246 to Yuan Ching Road, 180 and 335 to Boon Lay Way, and 66, 178, 198 and 335 to Jurong Town Hall Road. All these roads bound Jurong Lake.

Other Resources

Bird Ecology Study Group. Bird Ecology Study Group. http://www.besgroup.org/. (Accessed December 2012).

People’s Association. 2009. Water-Venture (Jurong Lake). http://www.pa.gov.sg/locate-our-centres/details/water-venture-jurong-lake-113.html. (Accessed December 2012).

Public Utilities Board. 2010. Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters at Jurong Lake. http://www.pub.gov.sg/abcwaters/CommunityEvents/Pages/JurongLake.aspx. (Accessed December 2012).

References

Ng, H. H. and H. H. Tan, 2010. An annotated checklist of the non-native freshwater fish species in the reservoirs of Singapore. Cosmos, 6(1): 95–116.

Yeo, D. C. J. & K. K. P. Lim, 2011. Freshwater Ecosystems. Pp. 52–63. In: Ng, P. K. L., R. T. Corlett & H. T. W. Tan (editors), Singapore Biodiversity. An Encyclopedia of the Natural Environment and Sustainable Development, Editions Didier Millet, Singapore, 552 pp.

Spot any errors? Have any questions? Something to contribute? Email us at dbsthh@nus.edu.sg!
Presented by

NUS      RMBR
Sponsored by

Care-for-Nature