Lake Mulwala, Yarrawonga

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Lake Mulwala, a manmade reservoir created through the construction of the Yarrawonga Weir across the Murray River, is located between and in Hume region of Victoria and in the Riverina region of New South Wales, in eastern Australia. The weir was constructed in 1939 to provide water for irrigation of the surrounding district. The weir also serves as a crossing of the Murray between the two towns; in addition to the crossing located via the Mulwala Bridge.
The road bridge across the lake was built before the lake was filled, commenced in 1917 and completed in 1924. It replaced an earlier wooden bridge built in 1889-1891. The bridge was started from both ends, each by the respective state government. Unfortunately, they didn't coordinate their efforts, and the bridge has a dip and a bend in the middle to make the two ends meet.
The Yarrawonga weir is the farthest downstream obstruction across the Murray that does not have a navigation lock through it. When full, the lake is above sea level. The weir is upriver from the river mouth.
Lake Mulwala is a renowned fishery for the native Murray Cod and is one of the few places where this Australian native freshwater fish is still reasonably common.
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  • I was leaving Yarrawonga when I noticed some donkeys in a paddock... I slowed to look and realised the lake was behind them. So after having a conversation with the donkeys ... I then realised that...  more »
  • This lake is magnificent! We stayed in the Yarrawonga Motel over looking the lake and from the top balcony we watched the beautiful sunrises. Part of the lake has standing red gums and are a habitat.....  more »

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