Lake Eppalock

Water Storage Levels

Last Updated 10/07/2024
Current Volume 274242
% of Capacity 90.02
Capacity (ML) 304651
93.8%
92.6%
91.3%
90.3%
90.0%
Mar Apr May Jun Jul

Recreational Facilities

Car Parking Boat Ramp Fishing Camping BBQ - Electric 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

Current Eppalock Alerts

Managing water levels at Lake Eppalock

Thursday 11 July 2024
Information about managing the storage level at Lake Eppalock.

Lake Eppalock Technical Assessment

Thursday 29 February 2024
Have your say on options to better protect downstream communities from future flooding.

Lake Eppalock maintenance works

GMW is conducting routine maintenance works on the cone valve and downstream water course at Lake Eppalock.

Urgent Safety Rule - Eppalock Exclusion area

Announcement of area for exclusive use by bathers and manually operated craft.

Jetties

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

About Lake Eppalock

Lake Eppalock Outlet Tower
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.

Boating Victoria ramp cameras

Boating Victoria ramp camera photos are automatically updated every five minutes. The images are to give an indication of how busy the ramp and carpark may be and are displayed at a resolution not to reveal boat ramp user identities.
These pages also include information such as weather conditions, maps and alerts.

Lake Eppalock - Kimbolton Ramp One

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 - Electric BBQ - Electric
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
Boating map

Lake Eppalock includes caravan parks, picnic areas and public boat ramps. Camping is only permitted in caravan parks.

The Kimbolton Recreational Area features all-access toilet facilities and an all-access barbecue and seating.

No fires are permitted on the foreshore. 

There are no rubbish facilities at the lake. Please take out what you bring.

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 above 180 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

Boating Maps

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

Lake levels 180.0 meters and above, link opens in a new window

Lake levels 179.99 metres and below, link opens in a new window

Boat ramp operating levels

This table shows at what level boat ramps at Lake Eppalock can be used. The percentage indicates the lowest the storage can get before the ramp becomes unusable.
Boat ramp Operational when storage is above
Kimbolton Pool No 1 15.7%
Kimbolton Pool No 2 - concrete 79%
Kimbolton Pool No 2 - gravel 56.7%
Kirrang Point 44.33%
Point King 76.8%
Moorabbee Foreshore concrete ramp 52.58%
Moorabbee Foreshore gravel ramp 46%

Caravan Parks, Camping Grounds and Accommodation

Camping is only permitted in caravan parks.

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