Lake Eildon

Recreational Facilities

Large Grassed Area Car Parking Boat Ramp Fishing Camping BBQ Toilets

Facts & Figures

Name Lake Eildon
Stream Goulburn and Delatite Rivers
Year of Completion 1956
Construction Earth and Rockfill
Full Supply Level 288.9 m AHD
Capacity 3,334,158 ML
Area Submerged 13,832 ha
Main Embankment Length 1,085 m
Main Embankment Height 84.5 m
Hydro-electric Generation 135 MW

News and Announcements


Declaration of Boating Activity Exemption

Goulburn-Murray Water, the waterway manager for Lake Eildon and Eildon Pondage, declare under section 203(3) of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic) that persons and vessels involved in the Eildon Classic wakeboard events proposed by Wakeboard Victoria, to be held on 17 January 2015 and 28 February 2015 are exempt from the requirements of:

1. Clause 90.2(a) of Schedule 90 (Lake Eildon and Eildon Pondage) in relation to the area prohibited to vessels.
2. Clause 3a of the Notice under Section 15(2) of the Marine Act 1988 (Vic), 5 knots within 50 metres of the waters’ edge – provided vessels do not exceed 5 knots within 25 metres of the waters’ edge.
The exemptions apply to tow and support vessels participating in the Eildon Classic wakeboard events on the waters of Eildon Pondage between 7.30 am to 5.30 pm on 17 January 2015 and 28 February 2015, provided that the stated safety controls and undertakings detailed in the Application for Boating Activity Exemptions and Exclusion Zones are adhered to.

Jerusalem Creek sewerage upgrade design contract awarded

 The design contract for sewerage upgrade works at Jerusalem Creek has been awarded to Jacobs Engineering Group.

The project will involve a new sewage pump-out barge for houseboats at Jerusalem Creek and a pump station and pipeline connecting Jerusalem Creek to Goulburn Valley Water's Eildon Wastewater Management Facility.

The new barge will be able to service four house boats at once and, unlike the old barge, will remain operational even if capacity drops as low as 10 per cent.

Installation of the Jerusalem Creek pump station and pipeline will mean the barge will no longer have to cross the lake to dispose of effluent at Point Worner, removing the risks associated with transporting large volumes of raw sewage across the lake.

The project will also see the Jerusalem Creek Marina & Holiday Park and the boat ramp public toilet block connected, via the new pipeline, to the Eildon Wastewater Management Facility.The sewerage upgrade was identified as priority action in the Lake Eildon Land and On-Water Management Plan.

Lake Eildon Boating and Recreational Survey

Mansfield and Murrindindi shires, in partnership with GMW,  are undertaking a review of Lake Eildon Recreational Boating Facilities.

A plan, arising out of the review, will set the strategic direction of facilities at Lake Eildon for the next 10 years.

To help develop the plan all lake users and community members are encouraged to complete the survey (see link below) and provide comment on potential priorities for development on and around the Lake.

The survey can be completed by following this link:

 Anyone wishing to make additional comments and suggestions or wishing to discuss the project directly can email the consultants at


Eildon Ski Club Slalom Events

On 10 January 2015, 17 January 2015, 31 January 2015, 14 February 2015, 28 February 2015, 14 March 2015 and 21 March 2015 the Eildon Ski Club will host slalom events at Jerusalem Creek Inlet on Lake Eildon. The Lake will still be open and accessible to visitors, water users and the general public.

Declaration of Boating Activity Exemption - Lake Eildon - 2014-15 (285 KB)

Lake Eildon Implementation Committee

Click here to meet the Lake Eildon Implementation Committee members.


Lake Eildon Land and On-Water Management Plan 2012The Lake Eildon Land and On-Water  Management Plan 2012 is now available. Click on the image to download. 

The objectives of the draft plan focus on what people value, use and enjoy at the storage. G-MW will be working with key agencies over the coming months to establish a Plan Implementation Group who will help prioritise and guide the implementation of actions in the plan.

For more information on the G-MW Land and On-Water Management Plans subscribe to e-Storage Updates here.



New Eildon Flow Advisory number (03) 5774 3928 - old number (03) 5770 8128

New Eildon Office phone number (03) 5774 3900 - old number (03) 5770 8100


For more information on Houseboats on Lake Eildon, please visit the Lake Eildon Houseboat webpage


For more information on Jetties please visit our Jetties webpage 

About Lake Eildon  


Lake Eildon is located on the Goulburn River in its upper catchment, immediately below the junction with the Delatite River.


Lookout on Eildon from Jamieson Road October 2013Harnessing the river catchments in the vicinity of the present Lake Eildon began in the early 1900s. Development of this water resource was undertaken by the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission (SR&WSC) to provide irrigation water for what was a vast uncultivated area on Victoria's northern plains. This region has since developed into the largest area of irrigated farmland in Australia and is known as the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District (GMID).

Construction of the original storage, which was known as Sugarloaf Reservoir, took place between 1915 and 1929. It was modified in 1929, and again in 1935 to increase the storage capacity to 377,000 ML. However, this reservoir was still limited in its capacity to meet the growing demand for water in the Goulburn Valley and to protect farmers during drought years.

Following a detailed feasibility study of all possible storage sites on the Goulburn River, it was decided that the existing dam site was the most suitable for construction of a larger dam. In 1951, work began to enlarge the storage to its present capacity (3,334,158 ML) which is six times the size of Sydney Harbour. The enlargement was completed in 1955 and the storage was renamed Lake Eildon.

The enlargement plans also considered Victoria's electricity needs. The original 15 MW hydro-electric generation capacity at the Sugarloaf Reservoir was increased to 120 MW through the installation of two 60 MW turbines. The oldest turbines were renovated in 2001 to provide a generation capacity of 135 MW.


Since construction of Dartmouth Dam, the Goulburn and Murray components of the GMID have been operated separately with regard to water allocations for irrigators. On average, 91% of water released from Lake Eildon is diverted for irrigation purposes and the lake supplies about 60% of water used in the GMID. The capacity of Lake Eildon has been designed to allow for irrigation supplies to be provided over at least two drought seasons. Although not intended as a flood control storage, Lake Eildon does have considerable potential to mitigate floods in the Goulburn River, downstream of the storage.

Operation of the power station during the irrigation season (August to May) is governed mainly by release of water to meet irrigation demands, but it may also be operated during winter and spring when flood releases can be used to generate electricity. The power station can also be used to meet short term emergency power needs resulting from industrial disputes or plant breakdown elsewhere in the State's power grid. A 5,200 ML pondage below the dam temporarily detains water discharged from the power station and regulates releases downstream to minimise variations in flow due to intermittent power generation. In 1995 a small hydro-electric station with 4.5 MW output was installed on the pondage.

Image Library

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

An information phone service is available:

Eildon storage and flow advisory recorded service (03) 5774 3928.

Recreation and Tourism at Lake Eildon

Facilities Available

Large Grassed Area Large Grassed Area
Car Parking Car Parking
Boat Ramp Boat Ramp
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

Lake Eildon is one of Victoria's most popular holiday resorts.  It has 515 km shoreline and stores six times as much water as Sydney Harbour at full supply level.  Abutting the lake is the Lake Eildon National Park .  Eildon has been a popular holiday destination for many years and is home to a substantial houseboat fleet.  In spring and summer, the lake's long quiet reaches and deep waters attract trout fisherman, water skiers and houseboaters.  The lake has both public and private harbours where hundreds of craft are moored.

Water sports are very popular at Lake Eildon due to its large surface area and extensive shoreline which is accessible by boat. Common activities include boating, swimming and fishing. Releases from the Snobs Creek Fish Hatchery ensure that the lake is well stocked with trout and other native fish.

Facililties around the lake include caravan parks, camping grounds, motels, houseboat hire and services, picnic areas and public boat ramps.

Lake Eildon Recreation Guide and Map 

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Lake Eildon Fact Sheet

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Houseboats and Maintaining Water Quality

Lake Eildon is the only reservoir in Victoria where houseboats and cabin cruisers with sleeping accommodation are permitted.  To prevent the risk of water pollution, strict rules regarding sanitation must be observed.  Such craft are required to have sewage holding tanks and be licensed by Goulburn-Murray Water.  There are sanitation stations for pumping out sewage from the holding tanks of houseboats.   Goulburn-Murray Water sanitation barges are located at Point Worner and Jerusalem Creek.  Sewage is pumped from these points to on shore treatment systems.  It is an offence to discharge sewage or garbage into the Lake .

Visitors are reminded that there are dangers associated with low water levels and are asked to exercise caution and adhere to all safety restrictions.  

For more information on Houseboats on Lake Eildon, please visit the Lake Eildon Houseboat webpage

Click here to view the operating levels for Lake Eildon boat ramps.

Fires & Camping Around Lake Eildon

Click on the map below to view boating and camping facilities.

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Caravan Parks

Eildon Caravan Park

Contact - Managers (03) 57742105

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Located - Eildon Road, Eildon


Jerusalem Creek Marina and Camping Ground

Contact - Managers (03) 5774 2585

Email -

Located - Jerusalem Creek Road, Eildon


Bonnie Doon Caravan Park

Contact - Managers (03) 5778 7254

Email -  

Located - Bayside Blvd, Bonnie Doon


Goughs Bay Caravan Park

Contact - Managers (03) 5777 3572

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Located - Bayside Blvd, Bonnie Doon