Lake William Hovell

Water Storage Levels

Last Updated 18/04/2024
Current Volume 9153
% of Capacity 66.86
Capacity (ML) 13690
Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr

Recreational Facilities

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

Facts & Figures

Name Lake William Hovell
Stream King River
Year of Completion 1973
Construction Earth and Rockfill
Full Supply Level 408.12 m AHD
Capacity 13,690 ML
Area Submerged 113 ha
Main Embankment Length 357 m
Main Embankment Height 35 m
Hydro-electric Generation 1.6 MW

About Lake William Hovell  

Lake William Hovell
Lake William Hovell


Lake William Hovell is located on the King River 18km south of Cheshunt in north-eastern Victoria.


Lake William Hovell takes its name from Australian explorer William Hovell, who trekked through the region in 1824.

Construction of the reservoir was completed in 1973.


Lake William Hovell supplies water for irrigated crops, vineyards and grazing properties along the King River from Cheshunt to Wangaratta.

The ‘flip bucket' spillway is a special feature of the storage. When the storage has filled and during floods, overflow water is directed into the King River as a spectacular spray. The "flip bucket" spillway chute terminates part of the way down the slope of the storage embankment and the water leaps from it into the river. The bottom lip of the chute is curved upwards so that large flows can be thrown well clear of the chute to reduce the risk of erosion damage.


Recreation and Tourism at Lake William Hovell

Facilities Available

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

Set in mountain bushland on the King River , Lake William Hovell provides fishing, boating and picnic facilities in tranquil scenery. 

Boating is restricted to a maximum speed of 5 Knots.

Click to enlarge the boating map below.

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Lake William Hovell Recreation Guide and Map   

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