Welcome to Lake Eucumbene
Australia's Premier Year-Round Alpine Water Resort
Old Adaminaby - Anglers Reach - Providence Portal - Buckenderra - Middlingbank - Braemar Bay
The rise and fall of Lake Eucumbene.
The water levels at Lake Eucumbene fluctuate from season to season and from year to year. This fluctuation is largely driven by the amount of rainfall in the
mountains, spring snow melt and legislated environmental water releases.
Data from Snowy Hydro Limited (www.snowyhydro.com.au) shows that, in general, the lake reaches a peak in late spring and early summer, and slowly
falls from late December, reaching its lowest levels around July each year.
Records show the highest Lake Eucumbene has been in the last 15 years was back in November 1997 when the lake was 86.4% full. In recent years,
drought and limited snow run-off has reduced the lake to alarmingly low levels. In fact, on 14 July 2007 Lake Eucumbene fell to just 9.4% of capacity – the
lowest level seen since the lake was filled way back in 1958.
When levels are low, many parts of the lake are left high and dry. For example, Providence Portal (where the Eucumbene river flows into Lake Eucumbene)
had no reliable water for boating between late 2006 and early 2012. Water returns to the Portal when the lake rives above 40%, but boating remains difficult
until levels reach over 50%. That said, fishing in the river at Providence Portal (in the open season) can yield some nice brown trout.
Below is an historical summary (using data from Snowy Hydro) of the rise and fall of Lake Eucumbene since May 1997.
Lake Eucumbene Water Level History:
(% of total storage capacity)