Lake Eppalock

Water Storage Levels

Last Updated 25/04/2017
97.8%
95.2%
92.1%
89.2%
90.2%
Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr
Current Volume 274635
% of Capacity 90.15
Capacity (ML) 304651

Recreational Facilities

Car Parking Boat Ramp Fishing Camping BBQ Toilets

Facts & Figures

Name Lake Eppalock
Stream Campaspe River
Year of Completion 1964
Construction Earth and Rockfill
Full Supply Level 193.91 m AHD
Capacity 304,651 ML
Area Submerged 3,011 ha
Main Embankment Length 700 m
Main Embankment Height 47 m
Hydro-electric Generation MW

News and Announcements

There is currently a blue-green algae warning for Lake Eppalock. Click here for more information.

DECLARATION OF BOATING ACTIVITY EXEMPTION

I, David Jackson, Manager Recreation and Land Strategy Manager, Goulburn-Murray Water as the declared waterway manager for Lake Eppalock under the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Act) makes the following declaration under section 203(3) of the Act. For the purposes of boating activity by the Victorian Speed Boat Club, all vessels and persons involved in the Lake Eppalock Gold Cup are exempt from:

  • Clause 2(a) - the requirement to operate a vessel at 5 knots within 50 metres of a person in the water.
  • Clause 2(c) - the requirement to operate a vessel at 5 knots within 50 metres of another vessel.
  • Clause 3(a) - the requirement to operate a vessel at 5 knots within 50 metres of the water's edge.
  • Clause 3(b) – the requirement to operate a vessel at 5 knots within 50 metres of a fixed or floating structure, including a wharf, jetty, slipway or boat launching ramp.
  • Regulation 44(2)(b) – the condition that the holder of a restricted marine licence must not operate at a speed exceeding 10 knots

Subject to the conditions detailed below:

EXEMPTION CONDITIONS

  • The masters of the rescue vessel and the dive vessels are only exempt from 1-5 above when undertaking a rescue operation to retrieve persons in distress and provide for their initial medical or other needs and deliver them to a place of safety.
  • The masters of the fire vessel are only exempt from 2 above when undertaking emergency fire-fighting services.
  • The masters of competing vessels are only exempt from 2 above when competing in Gold Cup events and are wearing approved Australian Power Boat Association (APBA) personal flotation devices and crash helmets.
  • The masters of competing vessels are only exempt from 3 - 4 above on condition they operate at a safe speed when transiting the access lane and operate with minimum wash.
  • Masters holding a restricted marine licence are only exempt from 5 above if they have undertaken training to receive an APBA Formula Future Class Racing Licence and do not exceed 40 knots.
  • Occupants of all powered vessels, including rescue vessels used in conjunction with this event must at all times wear a Personal Flotation Device of the required type.
  • Vessels used in conjunction with this event, including rescue vessels, must be equipped with the type and number of safety equipment prescribed by the Regulations.

The exemptions apply from 7:00 am to 5:15 pm Friday 21 April 2017 to Saturday 22 April 2017, provided the stated safety controls and undertakings detailed in the Event Applications, Sub Risk Assessments and associated documentation are adhered to. In the event of postponement the same times will be applicable Sunday 23 April.

David Jackson
Manager Recreation and Land Strategy
Goulburn-Murray Water
Date: 18/04/17 

NOTICE OF BOATING ACTIVITY EXCLUSION ZONE

I, David Jackson, Manager Recreation and Land Strategy of Goulburn-Murray Water, the Waterway Manager for Lake Eppalock, hereby give notice under section 208(2) of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic) that all persons and vessels not involved in the Lake Eppalock Gold Cup event for the Victorian Speed Boat Club are prohibited from entering and remaining in the waters of Lake Eppalock adjacent to the Victorian Speed Boat Club in the Derrinal Pool as marked by 5 buoys.

The exclusion zone takes effect from 7.00 am to 5.15 pm on Saturday 22 April 2017. In the event of postponement the same times will be applicable Sunday 23 April 2017.

David Jackson
Manager Recreation and Land Strategy
Goulburn-Murray Water
Date: 18/04/17 

Frequently Asked Questions

More information about Lake Eppalock operations is available here.

Land and On-Water Management Plans

Lake Eppalock draft LOWMP thumbnail The Lake Eppalock Land and On-Water Management Plan 2013 is now available at our L&OWMP page.

The objectives of the plan focus on what people value, use and enjoy at the storage. The plan has a series of recommendations and guidelines for implementation.

 

 

Jetties

For more information on Jetties please visit our Foreshore Occupation Licences webpage 

About Lake Eppalock

Lake Eppalock Outlet Tower

Location

Lake Eppalock is located on the Campaspe River, near Bendigo in central Victoria.

History

Lake Eppalock was constructed between 1960 and 1964 to provide irrigation from the Campaspe River, and to supply water to Bendigo.

Operations

Lake Eppalock supplies irrigation and stock and domestic water to the Campaspe Irrigation district and urban supplies to Bendigo, Heathcote and more recently Ballarat.

In years of plentiful water resources, water from Lake Eppalock is used to supplement the Waranga Western Channel that supplies customers in the Rochester and Pyramid-Boort irrigation areas.  

Recreation and Tourism at Lake Eppalock

Facilities Available

Car Parking Car Parking
Boat Ramp Boat Ramp
Fishing Fishing
Camping Camping
BBQ BBQ
Toilets Toilets
Please observe all signs and directions around our storages for information on recreational activities. Refer to the Land and On-Water Management Plan (if provided above) for detailed information on the facilities available.

Further Information

 

Boating map

Click on the map to download copy of the Lake Eppalock Boating Guide

Common activities on and around the Lake include caravan parks, camping grounds, picnic areas and public boat ramps.

Geologically and topographically, it is an excellent dam site. The curved embankment, 700 metres long, stands 47 metres high and contains more than 800,000 cubic metres of earth and rock. Three spillways cater for the overflow: a concreted main spillway which runs down to the Campaspe River, and two higher grassed spillways for exceptionally large floods.

Normal boating operations currently apply as water levels are above180 mAHD.

The safety restrictions and trigger levels were determined following extensive consultation with Marine Safety Victoria, emergency agencies, Victoria Water Police and the local community.

Boat users are asked to be aware of the dangers associated with low water levels and abide to all safety restrictions. 

Recreation information

Click to enlarge the boating maps of Lake Eppalock at 179.99m AHD and below as well as 180.0m AHD and above.

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Caravan Parks, Camping Grounds and Accommodation

For information on local camping grounds, caravan parks and accommodation, please contact the local tourist information centre.