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Lake Buffalo, Myrtleford
Swimming Hole Heaven in Victoria

There are two designated swimming areas at Lake Buffalo. On the eastern shore at the “boat ramp” site, there are more facilities, but the swimming area is overgrown with weeds. Far better for swimming is the Marshall’s Ridge Recreation Area, located on the western side of the lake. You can park your car about 20 metres from the water and lay a blanket on the lawn. Swimming at Lake Buffalo Above: The view from the shore of the Marshalls Ridge picnic area

The water is clean and shallow close to the shore near the boat ramp, with excellent visibility most of the time. The calm water would be suitable for water play with a blow up lilo or other floating toys. Marshall’s Ridge is similar to a municipal park, but with fresh clean water and the wonderful vista of the Mount Buffalo National Park surrounding the lake.

Boating and fishing are also permitted.
Essential Information Before You Go:
Location: Buffalo River Rd, 25km south of Myrtleford and 320 km (approx. 4 hr drive) north east of the Melbourne CBD
Latitude:-36.726362 Longitude:146.656862
Getting there: Take the Ovens Valley Hwy to Myrtleford and then follow the signs to Lake Buffalo in the direction of Dandongadale.
Entrance fee: None
Water temperature: Mild
Water clarity: Clear
Under foot: Pebbles and sand
Sun shade: Shade available out of the water
Opening times: Always open
Facilities, maximum water depth, minimum swimming proficiency required, and prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog: Order the full guide
Wheelchair access: Area is generally flat and open. Boat ramp could provide access to the water.
Accommodation Options: There is no camping around the lake at Lake Buffalo. If you are planning to stay overnight in the area, you can try accommodation near this lake.
Managing authority: Parks Victoria
Nearby attractions: Mt Buffalo National Park, noting however that the main road access to the park is on the other side of Mount Buffalo, about a 45 minute drive away.
Before you head out, make sure to read the swimming safety information.
Locality Map:
The marker indicates the approximate location of the Marshalls Ridge Picnic Area.
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 swimming spot and have any further updates on any change of conditions, let me know via the comment form below.
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