Lake William Hovell is located on the King River 18 km south of Cheshunt in north-eastern Victoria, about 270 km from Melbourne.
It takes its name from Australian explorer William Hovell, who trekked through the region in 1824.
Construction of the reservoir was completed in 1973.
It 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 erosion.
We visited this nice place on Saturday afternoon August 8, 2009, travelling from our home-base at Bright, through Myrtleford, Oxley, Whitfield, and Chesthunt.
The Lake borders the Alpine National Park on the east, and the Mansfield State Forest to the west. To the south is the Mt Buller region - westerly is the Mt Samaria State Park.
The route follows the King River Valley, below the Wabonga Plateau. The rugged cliffs of Powers Lookout are nearby.
See the full set of Photos of our visit!