Lake LonsdaleUpdated as of 3:18 pm 22 May 2013
Lake Lonsdale is a large, shallow reservoir located on the Mt William Creek. It has a very large catchment area. The Mt William Creek catchment is not reliable during times of drought but can be a substantial producer of water during wetter years.
Lake Lonsdale was originally developed to supply the Wimmera-Mallee Domestic and Stock channel system, however its role has changed considerably following completion of the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline. Lonsdale continues to play a significant role in the overall water supply system; is a key source of water for the environment; and is highly valued for its recreational use.
Camping on the northern foreshore of the lake is popular.
Toilet facilities are available.
Dogs are permitted at lake.
Camping is permitted in designated camping areas only. Camping fees apply.
Shooting of ducks is permitted during duck season.
Current Operating Status
|Current Level||184.35 m AHD|
|Current Volume||7,010 ML|
|Current Inflows||112 ML/week Cummulative Inflows Graph|
|24 hour Rainfall||6 mm|
|Current Releases||34 ML/day|
|Current Spills||0 ML/day|
|Current Airspace||46,290 ML|
- Levels have risen since last report.
- Inflows to the reservoir have increased since last report.
- The reservoir is currently spilling.
|Full Supply Level||187.62 m AHD|
|Full Supply Volume||65,480 ML|
|Maximum Operating Level (MOL)||187.12 m AHD|
|Maximum Operating Volume||53,300 ML|
|Spillway Volume||187.12 m AHD|
|Spillway Length||53,300 m|
|Secondary Spillway Length||440 m|
|Secondary Spillway Capacity||149,470 ML/day|
|Outlet Capacity||600 ML/day|
|Catchment Area||1015 km2|
|Surface Area When Full||26 km2|
|Major Tributary||Mt William Creek and Fyans Creek|
|Average Annual Inflow||52,000 ML/year|
|Maximum Depth||4.5 m|
ML = Megalitres