Lake Eppalock

Water Storage Levels

Last Updated 24/05/2016
Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May
Current Volume 66254
% of Capacity 21.75
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

Lake Eppalock / Campaspe River – Interrupted water supply for planned maintenance works

Between 23 and 28 May 2016, Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) will undertake routine maintenance at Lake Eppalock to inspect and maintain valves and pipework that are critical to the release of water from the lake.

There will be no water releases from Lake Eppalock while we undertake these planned maintenance works and inspections.

GMW requests that customers who extract water from the Campaspe River, downstream of Lake Eppalock, schedule any irrigation orders outside this period.

We don’t anticipate any impact to customers who extract water from the Campaspe River for domestic and stock purposes; however, we advise all customers to monitor their pumping infrastructure to avoid damage in the event river levels drop below the level at which water can be extracted.

We have informed Coliban Water of the planned works and they have made alternative arrangements for urban water supplies to their customers.

Works will not impact recreational use of the Lake or public access areas.

We appreciate your cooperation during this period. It is important we maintain our infrastructure so we can continue to deliver a reliable and efficient water service for our customers.

For more information, please contact our Customer Service Centre on 1800 013 357.


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.

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