Lake Eppalock

Water Storage Levels

Last Updated 16/01/2020
Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan
Current Volume 90975
% of Capacity 29.86
Capacity (ML) 304651

Recreational Facilities

Car Parking Boat Ramp Fishing Camping BBQ - Woodfired 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

News and Announcements

There is currently a blue-green algae warning for Lake Eppalock. Click here for more information.


Works on Randells Cove toilet block at Lake Eppalock

Works are underway to replace the Randells Cove toilet block.

The expected completion time is late November 2019. Toilet block facilities servicing the Kimbolton Recreation Area remain available at Strath Bay and adjacent the Kimbolton No 1 Boat Ramp.


 Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic)
Section 186
Lake Eppalock

I, Cameron Toy, Acting Director Maritime Safety (as delegate of the Director, Transport Safety) make the following urgent safety rule under section 186(2)(b) of the Marine Safety Act 2010.

A 5 knot speed restriction applies to the waters of Lake Eppalock upstream of The Strait including Metcalfe Pool and Madden Reach when the water level is 185.0 AHD or less.

This rule has effect from the time of the publication of this Notice.

Ref: 846-2019-USR

Dated: 29/10/2019

Acting Director Maritime Safety
Delegate of the Director, Transport Safety
Maritime Safety Victoria


Due to low lake levels and emerging tree stumps, a 5 knot zone now applies for all the waters upstream of The Strait including Metcalfe Pool and Madden Reach.

Click the map below to open a large version.

Lake Eppalock 185.00 and below

Zoning at all other areas of Lake Eppalock remains unchanged.

Updates to this speed restriction including lake levels are available on this page.


Land and On-Water Management Plans

Lake Eppalock draft LOWMP thumbnail The Lake Eppalock Land and On-Water Management Plan 2013 is now available at our L&OWMP page.

The objectives of the plan focus on what people value, use and enjoy at the storage. The plan has a series of recommendations and guidelines for implementation.




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

About Lake Eppalock

Lake Eppalock Outlet Tower


Lake Eppalock is located on the Campaspe River, near Bendigo in central Victoria.


Lake Eppalock was constructed between 1960 and 1964 to provide irrigation from the Campaspe River, and to supply water to Bendigo.


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 - 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


Boating map

Click on the map to download copy of the Lake Eppalock Boating Guide

Common activities on and around the Lake include caravan parks, camping grounds, picnic areas and public boat ramps.

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

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 above180 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

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

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Caravan Parks, Camping Grounds and Accommodation

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