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.
Last updated: 14 January 2014