There are two designated swimming areas at Lake Buffalo. On the eastern shore at the “boat ramp” site, there are more facilities,
but the swimming area is overgrown with weeds. Far better for swimming is the Marshall’s Ridge Recreation Area, located on the western side of the lake.
You can park your car about 20 metres from the water and lay a blanket on the lawn.
Above: The view from the shore of the Marshalls Ridge picnic area
The water is clean and shallow close to the shore near the boat ramp, with excellent
visibility most of the time. The calm water would be suitable for water play with a blow up lilo or other floating toys. Marshall’s Ridge is similar to a municipal park,
but with fresh clean water and the wonderful vista of the Mount Buffalo National Park surrounding the lake.
Boating and fishing are also permitted.
Essential Information Before You Go:
Buffalo River Rd, 25km south of Myrtleford and 320 km (approx. 4 hr drive)
north east of the Melbourne CBD
Take the Ovens Valley Hwy to Myrtleford and then follow the signs to
Lake Buffalo in the direction of Dandongadale.
Pebbles and sand
Shade available out of the water
Facilities, maximum water depth, minimum swimming proficiency required, and prohibitions including
whether you can bring your dog: Order the full guide
Area is generally flat and open. Boat ramp could provide access to the water.
There is no camping around the lake at Lake Buffalo. If you are planning to stay overnight in the area, you can try
accommodation in nearby Myrtleford.
Mt Buffalo National Park, noting however that the main road access to the park is on the other side
of Mount Buffalo, about a 45 minute drive away.
Before you head out, make sure to read the
swimming safety information.
The marker indicates the approximate location of the Marshalls Ridge Picnic Area.
Change of Conditions:
According to the managing authority, as at 18 March 2017, the lake is being drawn down to 50% to enable refurbishment of
the spillway gates from April to June 2017, with partial or full closure of the access road across the dam wall that leads to the
Marshalls Ridge Picnic Area.
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experiences after visiting, and any changes in swimming conditions.
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