Lake Eppalock, a manmade lake covering over 3,000 hectares, is situated 135km north of Melbourne and 55km south east of Bendigo in central Victoria. The construction began in 1960 and completed in 1964.The reservoir holds 304,651 ML of water when full. The lake was formed as a part of the construction of Eppalock Dam which is managed by Goulburn – Murray Water. The lake is one of 24 lakes, storages and weirs managed by Goulburn Murray Water. Sports and recreational facilities are provided at the lake and is an ideal location for fishing, boating, water skiing and swimming.
The dam was built at the confluence of Campaspe and Coliban rivers in 1962 to provide irrigation, stock and domestic water in the central Victoria by the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission of Victoria. It also contributes to the domestic water supply of Heathcote, Ballarat and Bendigo.
The lake was in the planning since 1908, when the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission investigated the possibility of constructing a dam to impound 100,000 acre-feet of water at Eppalock. After a pause it was revived again in 1930 but emphasis was put on soil conservation works in the catchment before the construction of the dam. Preparation for construction of a dam began only in 1960.
Eppalock to Sandhurst Reservoir Pipeline transfers untreated water from Lake Eppalock to Bendigo for treatment and supply of drinking water. Coliban Water has a bulk entitlement of 18 per cent of the storage capacity. Excess water from Lake Eppalock is used to supplement the Waranga Western Channel that supplied to customers in the Rochester and Pyramid-Boort irrigation areas.
The land around the lake is a mixture of freehold and crown lands. The western side of the lake is dominated by clubs whereas the eastern side is largely used for grazing.
Camping facilities are available at the four caravan parks around Lake Eppalock, but camping is not permitted on public land around the lake. Other facilities available are picnic areas with electric barbecues and public toilets, a kiosk, four public boat ramps. The Kimbolton Recreational Area features all-access toilet facilities and an all-access barbecue and seating.
What you can do at Lake Eppalock
Fishing: Healthy supplies of fish are stocked here, regulated by Fisheries Victoria and the lake is home to Murray Code, Golden Perch, Trout and Redfin. More info Fisheries Victoria: 136186
Boating: Normal boating operation requirements apply when water levels are above 180 AHD. Operate Boat at a speed not exceeding 5 knots within 50 meters of another vessel, the water’s edge and fixed or floating structures (including boat ramp). At low storage levels below 180 AHD a 5 knot speed limit applies to the whole storage
What is not allowed here?
Campfires not allowed.
Camping not allowed on foreshore.
Do not remove or bring in vegetation from foreshore.
Don’t feed animals or interfere with their habitat.
Do not use soap, detergent or toothpaste in the lake
Dogs and horses must be on lead and under control and are not allowed in the lake.