Lake Buffalo

Water Storage Levels

Last Updated 18/04/2024
Current Volume 12806
% of Capacity 54.48
Capacity (ML) 23504
Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr

Recreational Facilities

Large Grassed Area Car Parking Boat Ramp Fishing Playground Equipment BBQ - Electric Toilets

Facts & Figures

Name Lake Buffalo
Stream Buffalo River
Year of Completion 1965
Construction Earth and Rockfill
Full Supply Level 264.45 m AHD
Capacity 23,504 ML
Area Submerged 340 ha
Main Embankment Length 634 m
Main Embankment Height 31 m
Hydro-electric Generation nil MW

About Lake Buffalo

Lake Buffalo
Lake Buffalo


Lake Buffalo is located on the Buffalo River, 24 km south of Myrtleford in north-eastern Victoria. It lies at the foot of the western slope of Mount Buffalo National Park, and is a popular fishing, water skiing and picnicking venue.


Lake Buffalo was originally planned as a two-stage project. Stage 1 involved the construction of a 31 metre high and 600 metre long earth and rockfill embankment, with a gated primary spillway and outlet works located within the dam wall. This structure was completed in 1965, and created a storage with a capacity of almost 24,000 ML.


The water stored in Lake Buffalo is used to supplement flows in the Ovens River for irrigation and urban water supply.  The dam initially supplied a thriving tobacco industry in the valley, however this has now changed to numerous vineyards.

The capacity of the storage represents only 6% of the mean annual flow in the Buffalo River.

Recreation and Tourism at Lake Buffalo

Facilities Available

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

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Lake Buffalo Recreation Guide and Map   

Lake Buffalo Recreation Guide Cover, link opens in a new window