Lake Eildon

Water Storage Levels

Last Updated 18/04/2024
Current Volume 3061513
% of Capacity 91.82
Capacity (ML) 3334158
98.1%
97.9%
95.7%
93.0%
91.8%
Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr

Recreational Facilities

Large Grassed Area Car Parking Boat Ramp Fishing Camping BBQ - Woodfired 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

Current Eildon Alerts

Managing water levels at Lake Eildon

Thursday 18 April 2024
GMW is closely monitoring Lake Eildon’s catchment conditions and rainfall forecasts to update storage inflow projections and make decisions about rele...

Public consultation on houseboat regulations

Friday 12 April 2024
Public consultation on the Water (Lake Eildon Recreation Area) (Houseboats) Regulations is now open.

Goulburn River levels to rise on Easter Monday

Wednesday 27 March 2024
Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) will be increasing releases from Goulburn Weir on Monday 1 April.

Notice Automated Underwater Vehicle testing

Monday 15 January 2024
Please be advised that from Monday, 15 January to mid-March C2Robotics will be testing a small Automated Underwater Vehicle (AUV) at various locations...

About Lake Eildon

Lookout on Eildon from Jamieson Road October 2013
Lookout on Eildon from Jamieson Road October 2013

Location

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

History

Harnessing 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.

Operations 

Since construction of Dartmouth Dam, the Goulburn and Murray components of the GMID have been operated separately with regard to water allocations for irrigators. 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.

Eildon storage and flow advisory information phone service

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
BBQ - Woodfired BBQ - Woodfired
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.

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

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.

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Boat ramp operating levels

This table shows at what level boat ramps at Lake Eildon can be used. The percentage indicates the lowest the storage can get before the ramp becomes unusable.
Boat ramp Operational when storage is above
Eildon Alliance Ramp - high level ramp 1 59.3%
Eildon Alliance Ramp - low level ramp 2 26%
Eildon Alliance Ramp - low level ramp 3 14.9%
Jeruselam Creek - public no 1 48%
Jeruselam Creek - public no 2 8.8%
Fraser Park - devils cover 62%
Fraser Park - main ramp 39.4%
Fraser Park - lakeside 11.2%
Peppin Point - caravan park ramp 1  58.2%
Peppin Point - caravan park ramp 2 38%
Kennedy Point - high level 56%
Kennedy Point - mid level 43.9%
Kennedy Point - low level 30.4%
Bonnie Doon - public ramp no 1 84.2%
Bonnie Doon - public ramp no 2 57.6%
Hutchinsons Road - public ramp 41.6%
Hutchinsons Road - lakeside caravan park 37.9%
Hutchinsons Road - low level ramp 25.47%
Goughs Bay - public ramp 1 78.5%
Goughs Bay - public ramp 2 86.7%
Goughs Bay - public ramp 3 N/A
Goughs Bay - public ramp 4 62.1%
Goughs Bay - public ramp 5 59.7%
Goughs Bay - public ramp 6 41.6%
Goughs Bay - public ramp 7 21.2%
Goughs Bay - public ramp 8 21.65%
Howqua Valley Caravan Park - high level ramp 62.7%
Howqua Valley Caravan Park - low level ramp 24.3%
Jamieson - high level ramp 78.6%

 

Camping & Fires

Fires and camping are not permitted in any area around Lake Eildon, except in the designated camping areas.  Unregulated campfires are not only a potential hazard for bushfires, but also pose a risk to water quality along with discarded rubbish from camping activities. To minimize these impacts, Parks Victoria provides defined areas where camping and fires are permitted. Visit the Victorian Park Web website or phone 131 963 for further information.

On declared days of Total Fire Ban all solid fuel campfires, portable gas appliances and kerosene lanterns are prohibited.

This includes all gas stoves, gas lights, and gas fridges (including use inside tents).  Fixed gas stoves may be used in houseboats with extreme caution. For information on fire and Total Fire Ban requirements Visit the CFA website (Fires & Incidents Warnings & Advice) or phone the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL): 1800 240 667.     

For more information visit the Safe Transport Victoria website.

Camping at Delatite Arm Reserve

Information on camping at Delatite Arm Reserve, Lake Eildon.

Caravan Parks, Camping Grounds and Accommodation

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

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.

Jetties

For more information on jetties please visit our  Foreshore Occupation Licences page.