Water Storage Levels
|% of Capacity
Facts & Figures
||Lake William Hovell
|Year of Completion
||Earth and Rockfill
|Full Supply Level
||408.12 m AHD
|Main Embankment Length
|Main Embankment Height
News and Announcements
Land and On-Water Management Plans
The Lake William Hovell Land and On-Water Management Plan is now available at our Land & On-Water Management page.
The objectives of the draft plan focus on what people value, use and enjoy at the storage.
Thank you for your feedback in the development of the plan.
About 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
Large Grassed Area
BBQ - Woodfired
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.
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.
Lake William Hovell Recreation Guide and Map