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Lake Lonsdale

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Recreational activities permitted
Features & Facilities
Seasonal activities permitted
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Important information:

Under advice from the Chief Health Officer, all GWMWater campsites, camping grounds and caravan parks will be closed from 5pm, Friday 27 March.

Day visitors are still permitted but social distancing requirements must be adhered to at all times.

The campsite closures include:
• Lake Lonsdale
• Moora Moora Reservoir
• Taylors Lake

Please note that all camp grounds and caravan parks at or adjacent to GWMWater Reservoirs are also closed.

Update: 3 April 2020
To comply with the Victorian Government ‘Stay at Home’ period, boat ramps at GWMWater reservoirs are closed until further notice.
Under Stage 3 Restrictions, there are only four reasons to leave your home: food and supplies, medical care and caregiving, exercise, and work or education.

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Lake Lonsdale is a large, shallow reservoir on the Mt William Creek. It fills from its own catchment and is reliant on natural inflows. Although the catchment can be a substantial producer of water during wet years because of its very large area, it isn't reliable during times of drought. Given its relatively shallow depth, the lake also has high evaporation losses over summer months.

Since the introduction of the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline, the lake is no longer used by GWMWater for domestic or stock water supply, however it's still a key source of water for the environment. Lake Lonsdale also has an important role in the community as a recreational lake in the Stawell area, hosting a number of activities on its northern side, such as boating, fishing, swimming, camping and water skiing.

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Helpful Information

  • Camping at this lake is not permitted until further notice

  •  Boating
    • designated boat ramps must be used
  • Duck shooting
    • Shooting of ducks is permitted during duck season, subject to seasonal restrictions
  • Dogs
    • must be under control at all times
  • Vehicles
    • must keep to the obvious tracks
    • not permitted on the beach or sand dunes
    • speed limit 10 km/h within Lake Lonsdale reserve area
    • no unregistered motor vehicles including trail bikes

Future planning

We've developed a plan to improve the reacreational use of Lake Lonsdale.

See what's planned.  Adobe PDF file icon 24x24Lake Lonsdale Management Plan (621kB, 34 pages)

Weather Forecast

Current Temperature
  • Feels like 8.7°C
  • Relative Humidity 83 %
  • Rainfall 4.0mm
  • Wind SSE at 6 km/h
  • 16°
  • 16°
  • 18°