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Lake Eucumbene

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A lake formed by the damming of the Eucumbene River as part of diverting water for the Snow Mountains Scheme hydroelectric project, Lake Eucumbene is also a popular fishing and water sports location.

The lake at Old Adaminaby, the township that was relocated with the flooding of the lake.

Lake Eucumbene

Located on the eastern edge of the Kosciuszko National Park and covering 14,500 hectares , Lake Eucumbene is the largest of the Snowy Mountain Scheme reservoirs.

The lake was created by the building of the Ecumbene Dam which was completed in 1958. The dam wall is an earthen embankment, 116 meters high by 579 meters long and located on the western side of the existing lake and a kilometer from Eucumbene Cove.

The lake at its maximum depth is 107 meters although can be quite shallow at the edges. The water levels have been seasonally low in recent years bringing to the light of day the foundations of the drowned township, Old Adaminby.

Accommodation can be found in the local villages including Adaminaby and Anglers Reach. There is also a campsite at Old Adaminaby on the shore of the lake.

2010-10-02 Old Adaminaby
By Maksym Kozlenko [CC BY-SA 4.0 ], from Wikimedia Commons

The lake is one of the best brown and rainbow trout fishing locations in New South Wales for boat or on-shore fishing. The lake is also popular for swimming (only in summer), water skiing and wind-surfing – with care taken for submerged trees in shallow areas.

There are several small villages along the Snowy Mountains Highway that provide easy access to the lake including Adaminaby (in its new location ) and Anglers Rest.