Prior to European settlement, the Erawirung Aboriginal people occupied the area around Loxton. A number of sites of Aboriginal significance have been identified throughout the Katfish Reach area. Aboriginal burial grounds, shell middens, and campsites have been found on the dune system and along most of the waterways.
A canoe tree within the Katfish Reach area (Photo: DENR)
In the mid 1800s, two Pastoral Leases were issued over the Katfish Reach floodplain area adjacent to Loxton. These leases were eventually absorbed into the larger Cobdogla Station which became an important horse-run. Eckert Creek sheep race and Katarapko Island stockyards are evidence of European settlement heritage in the area.
Old stockyard kat island