Dartmouth Dam

MDBA Asset

Water Storage Levels

Last Updated 27/06/2017
Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Current Volume 3015006
% of Capacity 78.19
Capacity (ML) 3856232

Recreational Facilities

Large Grassed Area Car Parking Boat Ramp Fishing Camping Playground Equipment BBQ Toilets

Facts & Figures

Name Dartmouth Dam
Stream Mitta Mitta River
Year of Completion 1979
Construction Earth and rockfill
Full Supply Level 486.0 m AHD
Capacity 3,856,232 ML
Area Submerged 6,380 ha
Main Embankment Length 670 m
Main Embankment Height 180 m
Hydro-electric Generation 150 MW

Dartmouth Wall

News and announcements

We will soon be appointing a contractor to commence essential work to upgrade the Horsfall Rd Bridge near Dartmouth.

The bridge was first constructed in 1972 for the purpose of gaining access to the Dartmouth Dam site during construction. The proposed works will bring it in line with the latest safety standards set by VicRoads.

Upgrade works are expected to take approximately four weeks during May and/or June 2017.

Short road closures along Horsfall Rd may take place to allow for work to be carried out, however we aim to limit disruption to those in the Dartmouth area.

Please note, no works will be carried out on Thursday 8 June 2017, Friday 9 June 2017 or Monday 12 June 2017 due to Queen’s Birthday Weekend.

For more information about this project, please contact the GMW call centre on 1800 013 357.

About Dartmouth Dam

Dartmouth Dam is operated by Goulburn-Murray Water on behalf of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

It is the largest capacity dam in Victoria and the highest structure of its kind in Australia. When full, the dam stores almost 4,000,000 megalitres (ML).

Visit the MDBA Dartmouth Dam page here.


Dartmouth Dam is located downstream of the confluence of the Mitta Mitta and Dart Rivers, approximately 24 km east of Mitta Mitta in North-Eastern Victoria.


Dartmouth Dam was constructed by the Victorian Rural Water Commission on behalf of the then River Murray Commission, the forerunner to today's MDBA. Construction began in 1973 and was completed in 1979.

Construction costs were shared equally by the Commonwealth, Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia due to the role of the storage in the Murray system.


The primary purpose of Dartmouth Dam is the storage of water for irrigation and domestic and stock use in Victoria and New South Wales.

In dry seasons, the storage supplements releases from Lake Hume and increases supplies to the River Murray system.

Recreation and Tourism at Dartmouth Dam

Facilities Available

Large Grassed Area Large Grassed Area
Car Parking Car Parking
Boat Ramp Boat Ramp
Playground Equipment Playground Equipment
Fishing Fishing
Camping Camping
Toilets Toilets
Please observe all signs and directions around our storages for information on recreational activities. Refer to the Land and On-Water Management Plan (if provided above) for detailed information on the facilities available.

Further Information

Lake Dartmouth offers a variety of water sports as well as recreation facilities. It is a favourite spot for fishing, especially trout and Macquarie Perch. Camping (with limited facilities) is permitted in designated areas around the Lake. The track from Sassafras Gap to the Eustace Creek camping area can be accessed by car, although a four wheel drive is recommended in wet conditions. The two other camping grounds can only be reached by boat.

There are good boat launching facilities but, while motor boats can be used, water skiing and house boating is not permitted. Boats are required to keep at least 700 metres away from the dam wall.  Work is being done to extend temporary boat launching facilities to enable continued boat access at low lake levels.

For details of Parks Victoria camping facilities in the Lake Dartmouth area, go to http://www.parkweb.vic.gov.au./