Lake Albacutya

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Lake Albacutya
Lake Albacutya is located in Victoria
Lake Albacutya
Lake Albacutya
Location in Victoria
Location Wimmera, Victoria
Coordinates 35°45′21″S 141°58′28″E / 35.75583°S 141.97444°E / -35.75583; 141.97444Coordinates: 35°45′21″S 141°58′28″E / 35.75583°S 141.97444°E / -35.75583; 141.97444[1]
Type Eutrophic
Primary inflows Outlet Creek
Primary outflows Outlet Creek (when full); evaporation
Catchment area 23,500 km2 (9,100 sq mi)
Basin countries Australia
Max. length 13 km (8.1 mi)
Max. width 5 km (3.1 mi)
Surface area 55 km2 (21 sq mi)
Average depth 8 m (26 ft)
Max. depth 8 m (26 ft)
Water volume 230 GL (5.1×1010 imp gal; 6.1×1010 US gal)
Designated 15 December 1982
Reference no. 270[2]

Lake Albacutya is a eutrophic lake located in the Wimmera region of Victoria, Australia. It is one of a series of terminal lakes on the Wimmera River, which form the largest land-locked drainage system in Victoria. Lake Albacutya is designated as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.[3]

Location and features

On the occasions that there is an overflow from Lake Hindmarsh to the south, water enters Outlet Creek which then feeds Lake Albacutya. When full, Lake Albacutya covers 5,500 ha (14,000 acres), is 8 m (26 ft) deep, and holds around 230 gigalitres (8.1×109 cubic feet) of water.

The lake generally fills and empties on a 20-year cycle, the longest dry period on record being 27 years.[4] In 2011 it was reported that the lake had not received any inflow for some years and remained dry throughout the wetter years of 2011-2012.[5]

Being less saline than Lake Hindmarsh, Lake Albacutya supports a denser cover of vegetation during its dry phase.[6]


  1. ^ "Lake Albacutya". Vicnames. Victorian Government. 2 May 1966. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Lake Albacutya". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Lake Albacutya". Department of Environment and Primary Industries. Victorian Government. Retrieved 2015-10-31.
  4. ^ "Lake Albacutya Park". Parks Victoria. Retrieved 2015-10-31.
  5. ^ Ker, Peter (25 January 2011). "Parched lake may end 15-year dry". The Age. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Chapter 18 – Wimmera River Terminal Wetlands, Assessing environmental water requirements, July 2010 Prepared by the Murray–Darling Basin Authority" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on February 29, 2012. Retrieved January 21, 2011.

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