The Eildon Dam is located in the High Country between Mansfield and Eildon, within Lake Eildon National Park. This rock and earth fill embankment dam with a controlled spillway across the Goulburn River is connected to metropolitan Melbourne water supply via a pipeline.
With a good rainfall over the last few years, Lake Eildon has regained its attraction as a holiday destination. The dried up lake was unable to attract visitors in the 2000s due to drought. Now with the lake filled up, it becomes a scenic place for camping, house boatings and fishing. The Freshwater Discovery Centre at Snobs Creek gives visitors an insight into the breeding of native fish and you can 'tickle a trout' in the touch tank.
The Lake Eildon National Park features the former highly regarded Fraser National Park with several great walking tracks and many lakeside established camping areas with boat ramps. There is even a purpose built pier by the Lion Club over the Pondage to enable the disable to fish.
Thinking it's only 150km away from Melbourne CBD, we decided to take a day trip for a picnic by the man-made lake. Looking back, we must be quite an insane group, driving 5 hours return trip for a picnic.
Nevertheless, it is definitely worthwhile especially for the photography enthusiasts. For those who love fishing, it is good to know that the dam is not a closed catchment and trout fishing is available throughout the year.