Lake Eppalock

Water Storage Levels

Last Updated 07/02/2016
Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb
Current Volume 87531
% of Capacity 28.73
Capacity (ML) 304650

Recreational Facilities

Large Grassed Area Car Parking Boat Ramp Fishing Camping Playground Equipment 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

Frequently Asked Questions

More information about Lake Eppalock operations is available here.




I, David Jackson, Manager Recreation and Land Strategy of Goulburn Murray Water, the waterway manager for Lake Eppalock, declare under section 203(3) of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic), that vessels and persons involved in the Club Race days proposed by the Victorian Speed Boat Club (VSBC) on 6 September 2015, 28-29 November 2015 and 23-24 April 2016 are exempt from:

1.         The requirement to operate a vessel 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), as detailed in clauses 2(c), 3(a) and 3(b) of the Notice under Section 15(2) of the Marine Act 1988 (Vic).

2.         The requirements of Regulation 44(2)(b) of the Marine Safety Regulations 2012, in respect to the requirements for holders of Restricted Marine Licenses to operate a vessel at a speed not exceeding 10 knots or more. This exemption only applies to competitors in Formula Future J3 Class, provided they do not exceed 40 knots.

3.         The requirements of Regulation 4 (PFD Type 1, PFD Type 2, PFD Type 3 definitions), 96(6), 100(3) of the Marine Safety Regulations 2012, in respect to the requirement to carry and wear a PFD type specified.  This exemption only applies to competing vessels with a reinforced cockpit, provided occupants wear a PFD as per the APBA rules for boats fitted with a reinforced cockpit.

The exemptions apply to competitors participating in VSBC events from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm on 6 September 2015, 28-29 November 2015 and 23-24 April 2016 within the exclusion zone adjacent to the VSBC in the Derrinal Pool as marked by buoys, provided the stated safety controls and undertakings detailed in the Event Application, VSBC Racing Procedures and APBA Rule Book are adhered to.

David Jackson

Manager Recreation and Land Strategy

Goulburn-Murray Water

Dated: 26/08/15

Land and On-Water Management Plans

Lake Eppalock draft LOWMP thumbnail The Lake Eppalock Land and On-Water Management Plan 2013 is now available.

To download the plan click on the image. 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.




For more information on Jetties please visit our Jetties webpage 

About Lake Eppalock

Lake Eppalock Outlet Tower


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


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


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.  


Image Library

Lake Eppalock Image Library A collection of photographs of Eppalock Water Storage.

Recreation and Tourism at Lake Eppalock

Facilities Available

Large Grassed Area Large Grassed Area
Car Parking Car Parking
Boat Ramp Boat Ramp
Playground Equipment Playground Equipment
Fishing Fishing
Camping Camping
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. 

  Lake Eppalock Recreation Guide, Map and Fact Sheet 

Lake Eppalock Recreation Guide thumbnail           Lake Eppalock Map thumbnail            Lake Eppalock Fact Sheet

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

Lake Eppalock Holiday Park

Contact - Managers (03) 5439 2538

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Located Kimbolton Forest Park Road, near Kimbolton Forest, Axedale


Lakeshore Caravan Park

Contact - Managers (03) 5439 2510

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Located - Knowsley Eppalock Road, near Knowsley


Metcalfe Pool Caravan Park

Contact Eddie and Janeece Stefan (03) 5425 3137

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Located -   Redesdale North Road, near Redesdale


Moorabbee Lodge Caravan Park

Contact - Managers (03) 5439 1231

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Located - Moorabbee Foreshore Road, near Knowsley