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Lake Eppalock - Kimbolton Recreation Area

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Boat Ramp Access Road, off Sunset Drive, Lake Eppalock VIC 3551

Features

  • Boat ramp
  • Undercover picnic areas
  • Free electric barbecues
  • Picnic Tables
  • Toilets
  • Information signs
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Birdwatching
  • Dogs allowed. Must be on leash, not allowed in the water
This well equipped visitors area is located on the shore of Lake Eppalock within the Kimbolton Recreation Area. An excellent undercover barbecue area (with two barbecues) is accompanied by two seperate undercover picnic tables as well as more picnic tables scattered across a grassy area nearby. A toilet block is located just up the hill from the picnic area. A large car park sits beside the water and there is a public boat ramp here. 

Lake Eppalock is a vast reservoir constructed on the Campaspe River in the 1960s. Lake Eppalock is a popular destination for boating, water sport, fishing, swimming, bushwalking, barbecues and picnics.

Lake Eppalock boasts a healthy supply of Golden Perch, Red Fin, Trout and Murray Cod. Red Fin is typically found in the Derrinal and Kimbolton pools (in the north sections of the lake) and Murray Cod and Golden Perch is typically found in the mouths of the Coliban and Campaspe Rivers. (source

There are lots of fantastic visitor facilities at various locations around Lake Eppalock including multiple picnic areas with electric barbecues, four public boat ramps, several public toilet blocks, and a kiosk. Camping facilities are provided in multiple caravan parks around Lake Eppalock. Please note that free camping is not permitted around the reservoir. 

Multiple well presented signs at Lake Eppalock display the following text:

ABOUT LAKE EPPALOCK

Lake Eppalock is in the heart of central Victoria's goldfields, just a 20 minute drive from Heathcote, 30 minutes from Bendigo and 90 minutes from Melbourne. 

Built in 1964 to supply water for irrigation, the lake has become one of the most popular recreational inland waterways in Victoria and is an ideal location for waterskiing, fishing, boating and swimming.

Today the lake supplies irrigation, environmental and stock and domestic water to entitlement holders as far north as Echuca as well as providing urban supplies to Bendigo, Heathcote and other central Victorian towns.

The lake is home to many recreational clubs and 4 commercial caravan parks.

Lake Eppalock is one of 24 lakes, storages adn weirs managed by GMW to capture, store and deliver 70% of Victoria's stored water across a region about the same size as Tasmania. 

CARING FOR LAKE EPPALOCK

Lake Eppalock is a beautiful natural resource. You can help care for the lake so it can be enjoyed now and into the future.
  • Campfires are prohibited in GMW recreational areas or foreshore and lakebed areas.
  • Electric barbecues are available at some recreational areas (see map).
  • Please refer to the local council for landfill services and consider the environment when disposing of your litter. Penalties apply for illegal dumping of rubbish.
  • Don't remove vegetation from the foreshore, or bring any in.
  • Don't interfere with animals or their habitats, and don't feed them.
  • Boat was can cause erosion, a 5 knot speed limit applies within 50 metres of the shoreline. 
  • Vehicles and trail bikes are only allowed on public roads within the reserve. All vehicles must be registered and users must be licensed.
  • Keep the waterway healthy by not using soap, toothpaste or detergent in the lake.
  • Dogs and horses must be on a lead and/or under control at all times and aren't allowed in the lake. Please clean up after your pets.

LAKE EPPALOCK HISTORY

Located on the Campaspe River, where the Taungurung and Dja Dja Wurrung people are the traditional owners of the land, Lake Eppalock was constructed between 1960-1964 by the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission of Victoria. The principal use of the dam is for the storage of water for irrigation in the Campaspe Irrigation District, river diversion along the Campaspe River, environmental releases to the Campaspe River and for urban supplies to the cities of Bendigo, Heathcote and Ballarat.

When full, the "V" shaped reservoir has a maximum depth of 36 m and holds 304,651 ML. The reservoir has an approximate length of 15km, with a surface area of 3,237 ha and a shoreline stretching 153 km. When the water levels are low, quite a spectacle is revealed from where the water usually exists. Ruins of old homesteads, a circular puddling machine used by Chinese miners during the gold rush era, numerous stone fences and several bridge ruins along the original Bendigo-Heathcote-Melbourne Road can be seen. It is a truly an area steeped in Victorian history. The Cliff Robinson Reserve also contains the remains of a development by the late George Murrawood including a hotel, general store and related businesses. 

Did you know?

Lake Eppalock's curved main embankment is 704m long, stands 47m high and contains more than 800,000m3 of earth and rock. Lake Eppalock has three spillways with different crest levels. The combined design capacity of the three spillways is 349,900 ML/d.

WLECOME TO DJA DJA WURRUNG COUTRY
Womin-dji-ka Dja Dja Wurrung Djaa-ndak-i

The Dja Dja Wurrung have managed the land and waters of this area according to their laws and their intimate knowledge of this region's ecosystems.

Today, the land and its waterways remain central to Dja Dja Wurrung cultural identity and aspirations for community and economic development.

Goulburn-Murray Water acknowledges Dja Dja Wurrung living culture and their unique role in the life of this region.



DID YOU KNOW...

  • There are hundreds of fantastic barbecue areas throughout the Victorian Goldfields. Some are in parks/playgrounds, others are scattered throughout the bush. Many barbecue areas are located alongside amazing attractions and walks, so go out for a barbecue and get exploring!
  • There are heaps of fantastic swimming spots throughout the Victorian Goldfields, including the Loddon River, Cairn Curran Reservoir, Laanecoorie, Turpins Falls, and many more!
 

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