Snow-capped mountains at the backdrop of Lake Eucumbene last winter.
A visit to Adaminaby is never complete without so much as at least a glimpse of Lake Eucumbene. The lake is actually an impounded reservoir of the Eucumbene Dam and is the largest storage lake in the Snowy Mountains Scheme. The Snowy Mountains Scheme is a vast hydroelectricity and irrigation complex comprised of sixteen major dams constructed in southeast NSW between 1949 and 1974.
Aside from the serene atmosphere around Lake Eucumbene, it is also popular for trout fishing and is considered as one of the premier trout fishing lakes in New South Wales. The lake has both rainbow and brown trouts.
Lake Eucumbene used to be a valley with a township busting with life.
At the bottom of the lake is the Eucumbene Valley, which before it was flooded in 1957, represented more than a century of pastoral development, a discontinued way of life, customs, associations and traditions. Although most buildings from the township of Adaminaby were relocated to where the present-day township is, many were just abandoned and flooded with the dam water, such as in 2007 when the water level in the dam was so low, that the old township started to reveal itself after over 50 years underwater! Click here to see photos of the relics at the Office of Environment and Heritage, NSW.
The best way to experience Lake Eucumbene is through Old Adaminaby (that part of the township that was not submerged in water, some 6 miles away from the new township) or Anglers Reach. There are tourist parks adjacent to the lake, and during winter, these are a suitable base for the drive to the snowfields.