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Lake Corrong

Lake Corrong is a natural lake that drew settler Peter McGinnis to the area in July 1846, establishing the Lake Corrong station.

Corrong means bark canoe, derived from the language of the Yarrikaluk people who inhabited the area.

The lake is approximately 600 hectares in size and fills to a capacity of 17,200 megalitres. When filled by flows from the Yarriambiack Creek, which is one of only five waterways in Victoria that flow inland. Lake Corrong has a depth of 4.1 metres when filled.

Several trails around Lake Corrong nearby will keep those on foot, horse, bike or motorbike entertained. The walks around Lake Corrong are a great way to take in the scenery and wildlife that Hopetoun offers. Suitable for mountain bikes or as a horse trail, the walks also take you to the bird hide. And wildlife water pond that allows you to view many different species of birds and animals.

  • Eastern trail – 4.5km
  • Creek Trail – 6.1km
  • Lake Trail – 11.4km

All tracks are dry weather roads only and are accessible for walking, bikes, horses, motorbikes, 2WD and 4WD vehicles.

In 1909, a syndicate of Hopetoun residents purchased a motor launch (small military boat) in Geelong and organised pleasure cruises on Lake Corrong. The motor launch was capable of seating 30 passengers, and adults paid 1 shilling and children 6 pence for a 1-hour cruise.

During September 2010 and again in January 2011, many parts of regional Victoria experienced widespread severe flooding. In Hopetoun, floodwater from the Yarriambiack Creek filled Lake Corrong for the first time in 37 years.
In the past, when water is present, Lake Corrong has been popular for recreation—allowing for activities such as fishing, yabbying, sailing, skiing and duck hunting. It also provides a haven for birdlife and fauna.