Lake Mulwala

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Lake Mulwala
Lake Mulwala Stevage.jpg
A view of the eastern end of the lake.
Coordinates36°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
Primary inflowsMurray River; Ovens River
Primary outflowsMurray River
Basin countriesAustralia
Surface area43,900 ha (108,000 acres)
Surface elevation124.9 m (410 ft) AHD

Lake Mulwala, a man–made reservoir created through the construction of the Yarrawonga Weir across the Murray River, is located between Bundalong and Yarrawonga in Hume region of Victoria and Mulwala in the Riverina region of New South Wales, in eastern Australia. The weir was constructed in 1939 to provide water for irrigation of the surrounding district. The weir also serves as a crossing of the Murray between the two towns; in addition to the crossing located via the Mulwala Bridge.

Location and features[edit]

Lake Mulwala seen from Mulwala, NSW, Australia

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.[3]

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 (410 ft) above sea level. The weir is 1,992 kilometres (1,238 mi) upriver from the river 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Register of Large Dams in Australia" (Excel (requires download)). Dams information. Australian National Committee on Large Dams. 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Map of Lake Mulwala". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  3. ^ "The Yarrawonga Mulwala Story". Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism Inc. Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2012.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

External links[edit]

Next crossing upstream Murray River Next crossing downstream
Yarrawonga Rail Bridge  Lake Mulwala Cobram-Barooga Bridge