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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Exploring Lake Buffalo

Dandongadale River

Lake Buffalo is a Goulburn Murray Water storage on the Buffalo River, 24 km south of Myrtleford (280 km NE of Melbourne). It lies at the foot of the western slope of Mount Buffalo National Park, and is a popular fishing, water skiing and picnicking venue.

The Lake

Lake Buffalo was originally planned as a two-stage project. Stage one involved the construction of a 31 metre high and 600 metre long earth and rockfill embankment, with a gated primary spillway and outlet works located within the dam wall. This structure was completed in 1965, and created a storage with a capacity of almost 24,000 megalitres.

The water stored in Lake Buffalo is used to supplement flows in the Ovens River for irrigation and urban water supply. The dam initially supplied a thriving tobacco industry in the valley, however this has now changed to numerous vineyards.

The Lake
The Federal Government bought out the tobacco industry, partly to end the infiltration of organized crime and tax avoidance through the manufacture of illegal substances.

Mountains near the Lake

With mate Mick, we visited the Lake on July 2012. We also drove down the Lake Buffalo to Whitfield Rd, passing Dandongadale, then along the Rose River Rd to the Dandongadale River.

See all of the Photos of our trip!

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