Lake Gordon

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Lake Gordon
Gordon Dam.jpg
The 140 m (459 ft) high Gordon Dam, built in 1974.
Location Tasmania, Australia
Coordinates 42°44′S 146°10′E / 42.733°S 146.167°E / -42.733; 146.167Coordinates: 42°44′S 146°10′E / 42.733°S 146.167°E / -42.733; 146.167
Lake type Reservoir
Primary inflows Gordon River
Basin countries  Australia
Surface area 272 km2 (105 sq mi)
Water volume 12.5 km3 (3.0 cu mi)

Lake Gordon is a reservoir created by the Gordon Dam on the upper reaches of the Gordon River in south-west Tasmania, Australia.

The reservoir was formed in the early 1970s as a result of the dam construction by the HEC.

It was the largest and most controversial hydro-electric power scheme in Tasmania.[1]

Lake Gordon has a surface area of 272 km2 (105 sq mi), with storage capacity of 12.5 km3 (3.0 cu mi) of water, the equivalent of twenty-five times the amount of water in Port Jackson. Lake Pedder is connected to Lake Gordon through the McPartlans Pass Canal at 42°50′51″S 146°11′45″E / 42.84750°S 146.19583°E / -42.84750; 146.19583 (McPartlans Pass Canal).

Additional dams, such as the Franklin Dam, were proposed for the lower Gordon River, but were not proceeded due restrictions by popular protest and subsequently the Australian Federal Government.

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  1. ^ McKenry, Keith (1972) A History and critical analysis of the controversy concerning the Gordon River Power Scheme pp.9 - 39 in Australian Conservation Foundation (1972) Pedder Papers - Anatomy of a Decision Parkville, Vic. Australian Conservation Foundation