Sugarloaf Reservoir

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Sugarloaf Reservoir
Location Christmas Hills, Victoria
(near Yarra Glen)
Opening date 1981
Operator(s) Melbourne Water
Dam and spillways
Height 89 m
Length 1,05 km
Total capacity 96,000 megalitres
Catchment area 915 ha
Surface area 440 ha
Water levels at 62.5% in April 2016

Sugarloaf Reservoir is a reservoir at Christmas Hills north-east of Melbourne. It was completed in 1981. Its total capacity is 96 GL. As of April 21, 2016 the reservoir sits at 62.5% of capacity.[1] Sugarloaf reached 100% capacity in 2006. It had dropped to nearly 10% by May 2009 but rose to approximately 80% late in the same year.[1] In February 2010, the North South Pipeline from the Goulburn River was connected to the reservoir.

It is operated by Melbourne Water.[2]

Recreational Facilities[edit]

Sugarloaf Sailing Club[edit]

The Sugarloaf Sailing Club operates on the reservoir year round. The club can be found on Ridge Road off the Eltham-Yarra Glen road. The club runs over 40 races throughout the year in three series, "Winter", "Twilight" and "Summer". There is a strong racing fraternity at Sugarloaf who can be found on the lake on race days, rain, hail or shine. New members can use the boats from the club fleet without further charges. The Club also conducts Sailability on the second Sunday of every month during the summer season. Sailability is sailing for all including the young, the elderly and disabled and uses Access dinghies which are unsinkable, uncapsizable and good fun.

Recreational Fishing[edit]

Water levels at 80% capacity in April 2010

Sugarloaf Reservoir is also a very popular waterway for recreational fishing. Rainbow and brown trout, redfin, roach and European carp can be caught in these waters all year round. No natural bait or berley is permitted, there are signs posted around the reservoir stating this.This is due to the reservoir being an integral component of Melbourne's domestic water supply.[3] There have been studies conducted that suggest that the Mercury levels in the Redfin (and most likely other predatory fish in the reservoir) are higher than is regarded safe for human consumption. [4]


Coordinates: 37°40′30″S 145°18′18″E / 37.6749°S 145.3051°E / -37.6749; 145.3051