Lake Mulwala

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Lake Mulwala
Lake Mulwala Stevage.jpg
A view of the eastern end of the lake.
Location Victoria, New South Wales
Coordinates 36°00′S 146°05′E / 36.000°S 146.083°E / -36.000; 146.083Coordinates: 36°00′S 146°05′E / 36.000°S 146.083°E / -36.000; 146.083
Type reservoir
Primary inflows Murray River
Primary outflows Murray River
Basin countries Australia
Surface elevation 124.9 m

Lake Mulwala (36°00′S 146°05′E / 36.000°S 146.083°E / -36.000; 146.083) was created in 1939 by building a dam across the Murray River between Yarrawonga in Victoria and Mulwala in New South Wales to provide irrigation water for the surrounding district. Crossing the Murray between the two towns is possible across the weir as well as Mulwala Bridge .

The road bridge across the lake was built before the lake was filled, commenced in 1917 and completed in 1924. It replaced an earlier wooden bridge built in 1889-1891. The bridge was started from both ends, each by the respective state government. Unfortunately, they didn't coordinate their efforts, and the bridge has a dip and a bend in the middle to make the two ends meet.[1]

The Yarrawonga weir is the farthest downstream obstruction across the Murray that does not have a navigation lock through it. When full, the lake is 124.9 metres above sea level. The weir is 1992 kilometres upstream from the Murray Mouth.

Lake Mulwala is a renowned fishery for the native Murray Cod and is one of the few places where this Australian native freshwater fish is still reasonably common.


  1. ^ "The Yarrawonga Mulwala Story". Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism Inc. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 

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