Lake Sambell

A view of Lake Sambell

Beechworth's Lake Sambell is a popular attraction for visitors and local residents. The site was the former home of the Rocky Mountain Mining Company which operated an open cut sluice mine from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s.

In the 1920s the area was designated for recreation and the lake was constructed. The lake and surrounding area is a popular site for residents and visitors with the main recreational pursuits swimming, fishing, canoeing, cycling and a walking track right around the lake.

The area is Crown Land and is managed by a committee of management that reports to Indigo Shire Council.

On January 9, 2012, significant cracks were identified where the wall had been previously widened. The water level in the lake has been lowered by two metres to reduce pressure on the wall. Areas of the reserve have also been closed to the public while the lake is lowered.

Indigo Shire, as operators of the lake, is monitoring the drawdown and other safety issues. The lake will remain at the required level while the scope of restoration works is investigated.

Master Plan

Indigo Shire Council is developing a Master Plan to guide future improvements of the Lake Sambell Reserve. Council is working with a regional consultancy firm, Spiire, to develop the plan.

We would like your help with the project by completing a brief survey

The questions are aimed at gaining some information about you, your household and your perceptions about Lake Sambell. The survey is one of several opportunities to put forward your thoughts and ideas. Other opportunities include:

  • Send or email a written submission to Simon Eakin at Spiire, at or via post to PO Box 3400 ALBURY NSW 2640
  • Attending the Listening Post in Beechworth during February (date to be advised)

Community information session

Monday 29 September 2014, Town Hall, Beechworth

Community information session flier

Fifty-five residents attended the session to hear about the latest developments on:

  • Repairs to the leaking dam wall at Lake Sambell
  • Concept plan for the Chinese Gardens
  • Masterplan for the whole Lake Sambell area
  • The process for Community input into the Masterplan

Sessions were held with experts and council officers.

  • 5pm-6.30pm Fact sheets and initial plans and drawings for inspection. Council staff present, introduction to Landscape Architect preparing the Masterplan
  • 6.30pm-7.30pm Presentation on extent of damage to the wall, and the legal requirement to bring the wall up to modern standards
  • 7.30pm-8pm Opportunity for one-on-one discussion with Council staff and Landscape architect.

Documents for download

Last updated: 08 October 2014