What’s flowing in the Goulburn?

The Goulburn River is Victoria’s longest river and flows from Lake Eildon to Echuca. Near Echuca, the river flows to a confluence with the Murray River.

Inland, freshwater fishers will know the Goulburn as a river with a diverse range of native and introduced species to target. For those who love to target our iconic natives such as Murray cod, golden perch and Murray spiny crayfish, the northern stretch of the river downstream of Shepparton is a cracking area to wet a line. Trout are stocked throughout the year and large ex-broodstock trout are often stocked into the river from Eildon to Alexandra ahead of trout season.

Recreational fishers often ask us about the flows in the Goulburn River as there can be a range of water flows through the river such as natural flows, inter-valley transfers (IVTs), and environmental water.

Now, there’s no need to wonder what’s flowing as the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority have a live hydrograph available online which shows the flows in the lower Goulburn River over time. The flows are measured at McCoy’s Bridge.

In the live hydrograph, you can see whether flows in the river are operational flows, including inter-valley transfers (IVTs), or water for the environment. It also shows the probable flow without e-water flow or IVT, estimated natural flow and actual flow.

The Murray Darling Basin Authority also provide information about the water flows, levels, salinity, temperatures, and flow forecast on their River Data website.

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