The lake was modified in the 1960’s as a storm water management Lake to prevent flooding at the surrounding suburbs of Altona and Brooklyn. Near here was the Altona Motor Circuit, which was established in 1954 at its banks. A levee bank was constructed between the lake and the Kororoit Creek and a weir was constructed along Millers Road after the 1963 floods. A Channel discharges excess water to the Port Phillip Bay.
The lake is home to several endangered species of vegetation and wild life, including Altona Skipper butterfly, which in caterpillar form relies on the native chaffy saw sedge to survive. More than hundred species of birds make this a habitat depending on the season, including water birds, sea birds, grassland birds and migratory birds. The lake and the saltmarsh vegetation create an ideal habitat for Water birds such as Black swans, Australian Pelican, Grebes, ducks and cormorants.
The walking and cycling trail around the lake is around 3.4km which is connected to Hobson Bay Coastal trail, takes slightly less than an hour to make a circle for an average walker.
The park has a well-designed children’s play area, but full-time adult supervision is required for children, as it is very close to the lake and without any safety barriers.
At the Park next to Cherry Lake on the Miller Street frontage, Lions Club Sunday Market is organised from 8am to 2pm on the first Sunday of every month except January (instead on third Sunday in December). The market sells mainly hand knitted goods and clothing’s, handmade wooden toys, Souvenirs and second-hand goods.
The Lake is managed by Melbourne Water
Address: Millers Road, Altona, Victoria – 3018
Facilities: Toilets / Picnic Shelter / Playground / BBQ – electric / Drinking water / Car Park / Seating
Dogs on lead allowed.
Fishing is not allowed at conservation areas but permitted at other areas.
What you can do here
Fishing, Cycling, Walking, Picnicing, Bring Children to play at the playground, Bird watching