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Glenlyon Community Dam

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Dysart Street, Glenlyon VIC 3461

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This scenic little dam in Glenlyon is a great place for swimming, walking, fishing, birdwatching and photography. Visitors can take the short walk around the waters edge and keep an eye out for resident water birds among the reeds, or lay a picnic blanket on the grass for a peaceful lake-side lunch. 

The following text regarding the dam's history is provided in this brochure for the scenic and informative Biolink Walk

Glenlyon Dam was originally constructed circa 1875 to supply water to the flour mill. It now serves the community as a recreational and emergency water supply. 

Traces of a former fish hatchery can be seen on the east side. Below the present dam wall is the location of the beginning of the water race. 

The road had a different configuration in years gone by; the present gravel entry and concrete pad were non-existent and fire trucks used a track nearer the bridge and parked below the dam wall to fill up.

Visitor facilities at the Glenlyon Community Dam

There are no visitors facilities at the Glenlyon Community Dam, just a gravel parking area, plenty of space for a picnic blanket, and someone has attached a rope swing on the bank around to the right of the car park. 

There are plenty of fantastic facilities at the nearby Glenlyon Recreation Reserve and adjacent Mineral Springs Reserve, including a fenced playground, electric and wood fire barbecues, picnic tables and toilets. 

More to explore nearby


  • Bushwalking is an excellent way to get outdoors and exploring nature.
  • 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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