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Wimmera River

The Wimmera River

The Wimmera River rises in the Pyranees Ranges near Ararat, flows through Horsham and Dimboola and eventually drains into Lake Hindmarsh, a short distance beyond Jeparit. It is the longest land-locked river in Victoria. The River lies between the town and the Little Desert. In high rainfall years river flow can be large with occasional floods. During times of low rainfall, the weir retains water near the town while elsewhere the river becomes a series of pools.

The Wimmera River forms a vital link between several different wildlife habitats, such as the Little Desert and the Big Desert. There are several areas along the river where red gum and black box woodlands support an understorey of native species that have disappeared from other cleared areas. The variety of birds, plants and animals is extensive, so keep your eyes and ears open as you walk beside the river.

You can fish for Murray Cod, Freshwater Catfish, Golden Perch, Redfin, Tench and European Carp. The Dimboola Regatta in November is an important part of the rowing calendar. Water skiing is also popular.

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Dimboola Regatta 2009 Race Program
Fishing Victoria - latest catch
Panorama by Lynton Brown of water returning to the Wimmera River
Water at the Dimboola Rowing Sheds