Lake Eppalock

Water Storage Levels

Last Updated 15/11/2018
60.1%
62.0%
55.5%
53.2%
52.0%
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov
Current Volume 158472
% of Capacity 52.02
Capacity (ML) 304651

Recreational Facilities

Car Parking Boat Ramp Fishing Camping BBQ 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

PUBLIC NOTICE
DECLARATION OF BOATING ACTIVITY EXEMPTION

Goulburn Murray Water, as the declared waterway manager for Lake Eppalock, makes the following declaration under section 203(3) of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic).

For the purposes of conducting the Victorian Speed Boat Club events on Lake Eppalock, as detailed in Table 1 below from 13 October 2018 to 10 March 2019, persons and vessels involved in these events are exempt from the following requirements: 

State Rules made under the Marine Act 1988

  1. Clause 2(c) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 metres of another vessel – applies to competing vessels and rescue vessels;
  2. Clause 3(a) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 metres of the waters’ edge – applies to competing vessels and rescue vessels;
  3. Clause 3(b) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 metres of a fixed or floating structure – applies to competing vessels and rescue vessels.

Marine Safety Regulations 2012

  1. Regulation 44(2)(b) – condition that the holder of a restricted marine licence must not operate at a speed exceeding 10 knots – applies to Formula Future J3 Class competitors;
  2. Regulation 96(6) – master must ensure their vessel is equipped with appropriate safety equipment – applies to competitors operating enclosed cockpit vessels;
  3. Regulation 100(3) – person must wear a personal floatation device (of type specified) at all times when vessel is underway – applies to competitors operating enclosed cockpit vessels.

Subject to the conditions detailed below:

  • Masters of competing vessels are only exempt from items 1-3 for the duration of the events.
  • Masters of competing vessels participating in Formula Future J3 Class events and holding a restricted marine licence are only exempt from item 4 provided they:
    • Have completed the training required by APBA Victoria as detailed in the Formula Future Safety Management Plan;
    • Hold the appropriate APBA Formula Future Licence;
    • Attend a separate dedicated briefing prior to the event; and
    • Do not exceed 40 knots.
  • All interstate vessels masters competing in Formula Future J3 Class events are only exempt from item 4 provided they hold the appropriate APBA Formula Future licence and have documented proof they have competed in at least three events (nine races) in their home state prior to competing at an event in Victoria. Should they not provide this proof, they must complete the training required by APBA Victoria as detailed in the Formula Future Safety Management Plan.
  • The masters of competing vessels are only exempt from item 5 provided they are operating an enclosed cockpit vessel and wear an APBA approved personal flotation device and comply with APBA race rules and procedures.
  • The masters of rescue vessels are only exempt from items 1-3 when undertaking a rescue operation to retrieve persons in distress, provide for their initial medical or other needs and deliver them to a place of safety on shore.
  • All persons on event official and rescue vessels involved with the event must wear a personal flotation device at all times during the event and vessels must have all prescribed safety equipment.
  • Should vessels not involved in the event enter the competition exclusion zone, the event must be stopped until unauthorised vessels have moved outside of the zone.
  • The above exemptions are active for the times, dates and events detailed in Table 1 below, to operators of vessels involved with the events within the exclusion zone waters on Lake Eppalock, provided the stated safety controls and undertakings detailed in the application form and associated documentation are adhered to.

VSBC event dates

Date Event Times
13/10/2018 (back-up date 14/10/2018) VSBC Club Day 7:00am to 6:00pm
11/01/2018 VSBC Eppalock Gold Cup 1:00pm to 6:00pm
12/01/2019 VSBC Eppalock Gold Cup 7:00am to 6:00pm
13/01/2019 VSBC Eppalock Gold Cup 7:00am to 6:00pm
08/03/2019 VSCB EC Griffith Cup 1:00pm to 6:00pm
09/03/2019 VSCB EC Griffith Cup 7:00am to 6:00pm
10/03/2019 VSCB EC Griffith Cup 7:00am to 6:00pm


GOULBURN-MURRAY WATER
Dated 09/10/2018

Marine Safety Act 2010
Section 208(2)
NOTICE OF BOATING ACTIVITY EXCLUSION ZONE

Goulburn Murray Water, as the declared waterway manager for Lake Eppalock, hereby gives notice under section 208(2) of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic) that the waters of Lake Eppalock in Derrinal Pool, between the Victorian Speed Boat Club and the Moorabbee Lodge Caravan Park, as marked by buoys, are prohibited to all persons and vessels not registered to take part in the Victorian Speed Boat Club events as detailed in Table 1 below.

The exclusion zone will be in effect between the times and dates detailed in Table 1.

Date Event Times
13/10/2018 (back-up date 14/10/2018) VSBC Club Day 7:00am to 6:00pm
11/01/2018 VSBC Eppalock Gold Cup 1:00pm to 6:00pm
12/01/2019 VSBC Eppalock Gold Cup 7:00am to 6:00pm
13/01/2019 VSBC Eppalock Gold Cup 7:00am to 6:00pm
08/03/2019 VSCB EC Griffith Cup 1:00pm to 6:00pm
09/03/2019 VSCB EC Griffith Cup 7:00am to 6:00pm
10/03/2019 VSCB EC Griffith Cup 7:00am to 6:00pm


GOULBURN-MURRAY WATER
Dated 09/10/2018

 

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.

 

 

Jetties

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

About Lake Eppalock

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.

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 BBQ
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.

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.