Deep Creek Dam (Tumbarumba, New South Wales)

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Deep Creek Dam
Deep Creek Dam (Tumbarumba, New South Wales) is located in New South Wales
Deep Creek Dam (Tumbarumba, New South Wales)
Location of Deep Creek Dam in
New South Wales
Location Snowy Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates 35°59′54″S 148°20′04″E / 35.99833°S 148.33444°E / -35.99833; 148.33444Coordinates: 35°59′54″S 148°20′04″E / 35.99833°S 148.33444°E / -35.99833; 148.33444
Status Operational
Opening date 1961
Owner(s) Snowy Hydro
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Gravity dam
Impounds Deep Creek
Height 21 metres (69 ft)
Length 55 metres (180 ft)
Dam volume 4,000 cubic metres (140,000 cu ft)
Spillways 1
Spillway type Uncontrolled
Spillway capacity 312 cubic metres per second (11,000 cu ft/s)
Creates Deep Creek Reservoir
Total capacity 11 megalitres (390×10^3 cu ft)
Catchment area 9.68 square kilometres (3.74 sq mi)
Surface area 2 hectares (4.9 acres)

Deep Creek Dam is a major ungated concrete gravity dam across the Deep Creek in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. The dam's main purpose is for the generation of hydro-power and is the smallest of the sixteen major dams that comprise the Snowy Mountains Scheme, a vast hydroelectricity and irrigation complex constructed in south-east Australia between 1949 and 1974 and now run by Snowy Hydro.

The impounded reservoir is called the Deep Creek Reservoir.

Location and features[edit]

Completed in 1961, Deep Creek Dam is a major dam, located within the Tumbarumba Shire. The dam was constructed by Thiess Bros based on engineering plans developed under contract by the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Authority.[1]

The dam wall comprising 4,000 cubic metres (140,000 cu ft) of concrete is 21 metres (69 ft) high and 55 metres (180 ft) long. At 100% capacity the dam wall holds back 11 megalitres (390×10^3 cu ft) of water. The surface area of Deep Creek Reservoir is 2 hectares (4.9 acres) and the catchment area is 9.68 square kilometres (3.74 sq mi). The uncontrolled spillway is capable of discharging 312 cubic metres per second (11,000 cu ft/s).[1][2]

Below the dam wall, Deep Creek flows the Little River, before emptying into the Tooma River, within the Murray-Darling basin.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Register of Large Dams in Australia" (Excel (requires download)). Dams information. The Australian National Committee on Large Dams Incorporated. 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Dams". Snowy Mountains Scheme. Snowy Hydro. Archived from the original on 3 May 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 

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