Lake Eppalock

Water Storage Levels

Last Updated 18/10/2017
89.2%
88.5%
92.7%
93.2%
92.8%
Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Current Volume 282709
% of Capacity 92.80
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  

Declaration of Boating Activity Exemption

Goulburn Murray Water, the declared waterway manager for the waters of Lake Eppalock, makes the following declaration under section 203(3) of the Marine Safety Act 2010.

For the purpose of conducting the Victorian Speed Boat Club Race Day, persons and vessels participating are exempt as follows:

  1. Masters of competing vessels and safety support vessels* are exempt from Clause 2(c) of the waterway rules - the requirement to operate a vessel at 5 knots within 50 metres of another vessel
  2. Masters of competing vessels are exempt from Clauses 3(a) & 3(b) of the waterway rules – the requirement to operate a vessel at 5 knots within 50 metres of the water’s edge and within 50 metres of a boat launching ramp
  3. Masters of Formula Future class vessels holding a Restricted Marine Licence are exempt from Regulation 44(2)(b) of the Marine Safety Regulations 2012 – the condition that the holder of a restricted marine licence must not operate at a speed exceeding 10 knots*
  4. Masters of competing vessels are exempt from Regulations 96(6) & 100(3) of the Marine Safety Regulations 2012 - the requirement to carry and wear a PFD type specified, provided they wear an Australian Power Boat Association (APBA) approved PFD and comply with APBA race rules and procedures.

*Exemption Conditions

  • Masters of safety support vessels must not exceed 5 knots within 50 metres of a another vessel unless undertaking a rescue operation to retrieve persons in distress, provide for their initial medical or other needs and deliver them to a place of safety.
    Masters of Formula Future class vessels holding a Restricted Marine Licence are only exempt from Regulation 44(2)(b) provided they have completed the training required by APBA Victoria as detailed in the Formula Future Safety Management Plan and hold the appropriate APBA Formula Future licence, and must not exceed the following speeds:
    • J1 class – 19 knots
    • J2 class – 33 knots
    • J3 class – 40 knots
      25hp class – 47 knots
    • F4 class – 60 knots.
  • All interstate vessel masters in Formula Future classes must hold the appropriate APBA Formula Future licence and have documented proof they have competed in at least 3 events
    (9 races) in their home State prior to competing at an event in Victoria.  Should they not provide this proof they must complete the training required by APBA Victoria as detailed in the Formula Future Safety Management Plan.

The exemptions apply from 7.00 am to 5.15 pm on Saturday 14 October 2017, or if the event is postponed from 7.00 am to 5.15 pm on Sunday 15 October 2017, within the exclusion zone adjacent to the Victorian Speed Boat Club as marked by buoys, provided that the stated safety controls and undertakings detailed in the Application for Boating Activity Exemptions and associated documentation are adhered to.

Scott Barber
General Manager Customer Operations
Goulburn-Murray Water
Dated: 5/10/2017

Marine Safety Act 2010
Notice of Boating Activity Exclusion Zone

I, Scott Barber, General Manager Customer Operations, of Goulburn–Murray Water, as the declared waterway manager for Lake Eppalock, hereby give notice under section 208(2) of the Marine Safety Act 2010 that all persons and vessels not participating in the Victorian Speed Boat Club Race Days on 14 October 2017 and 15 October 2017 are prohibited from entering and remaining in the waters at Lake Eppalock, bounded by buoys, between the Victorian Speed Boat Club and the Moorabee Lodge Caravan Park.

The exclusion zone has effect from 7.00 am to 5:15 pm Saturday 14 October 2017 and Sunday 15 October 2017.

BY ORDER OF 
GOULBURN–MURRAY WATER

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.