Lake Glenmaggie
Freshwater Swimming Holes in Victoria


 
Lake Glenmaggie is located on the Macalister River. The lake is an irrigation storage for the Macalister Irrigation District and is typically filled to capacity in Spring. There is a designated swimming area at Sandy Point, which is in the south-east corner of the lake on Sandy Point Rd, which has a range of facilities including toilets, bbqs and picnic tables. However the water can get quite choppy here and the water's edge feels somewhat barren. For a much more relaxing, picturesque swim, head to the shallower and more gently sloping southern and western sides of the lake, where you can swim peacefully pretty much anywhere. Swimming at Lake Glenmaggie Above: The Sandy Point Picnic Area

The best time to visit the lake is in December, when lake levels are often still high. The gum trees on the edge of the lake are flooded so that you can take a picnic chair and sit under the shade of the gums, ankle deep in water.
It is a very relaxing way to spend an afternoon, reading a book or casting a fishing line in the water.

Depending on rainfall conditions, the lake is slowly drained from January through to April and becomes less attractive for swimming. If it has been a relatively wet year, chances are that Lake Glenmaggie will be close to full right through summer. The largely natural catchment upstream of the dam is enormous, so it does not take much rain to refill the lake.

Here is a video that I took when visiting the lake in early summer when the lake was still full to illustrate how you can have a swim in the shade of the gum trees.

Essential Information Before You Go:
Location: Heyfield-Jamieson Rd or Tinamba-Glenmaggie Rd, Glenmaggie, 200 km (approx. 2.5 hrs drive) east of the Melbourne CBD
Latitude:-37.929215 Longitude:146.792042
Getting there: From the Princes Hwy at Rosedale, head to Heyfield via the Rosedale- Heyfield Rd and then towards Glenmaggie via the Heyfield-Jamieson Rd.
Facilities: Toilets, tables, lawns, parking, bbqs, boat ramp at Sandy Point
Entrance fee: None
Water temperature: Mild
Sun shade: Shade available out of the water
Opening times: Always open
Water clarity, conditions under foot in the water, maximum water depth, minimum swimming proficiency required, and prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog: Order the full guide
Wheelchair access: Toilet facilities for the disabled and accessible picnic area at Sandy Point
Accommodation Options: Camping is not permitted around the lake, but there is a privately operated caravan park on the western shore that you need to ring or email to book. Alternatively you can try accommodation in and around Heyfield.
Managing authority: Southern Rural Water
Nearby attractions: Wilderness areas north of the lake on the Great Alpine Road
Before you head out, make sure to read the swimming safety information.
Locality Map:
The marker indicates the location of the Sandy Point picnic area at the lake.
Change of Conditions:
I am not currently aware of any change of conditions reported at this site by the managing authority, or by swimmers on this website. If you are visiting this spot and have any further updates on any change of conditions, let me know via the comment form below.
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