Latrobe River

Covering a course of 270 kilometres, the Latrobe River is the longest waterway in our catchment. The head waters of the Latrobe originate close to the little Yarra River not far from Powelltown. Other headwater tributaries do gather from the Baw Baw’s above Noojee. Passing through the urban areas of the Latrobe Valley including Moe, Morwell and Traralgon down to its mouth at Lake Wellington descending 764 metres. This is a slow moving river system because of its length and the type of river.

The catchment of the Latrobe River features remnant forest through the Strzelecki Ranges and the Great Dividing Range where major tributaries rise and flow into the Latrobe. These include the Loch River, Tooronga River, Tanjil River, Tyers River, Morwell River, Moe River, Traralgon Creek, and the Thomson River. The majority of the Latrobe’s water flow comes from the west, south west direction of our catchment. The Latrobe has the ability to flood on a regular basis and it floods in pulses due to the number of tributaries that flow into it.

Agriculture, forestry and mining/industry occupy land along the river. Lake Narracan is located just upstream of the Yallourn power station and Blue Rock Dam and Moondarra Reservoir are two major storages on tributaries of the Latrobe River.

The upper section of the river flows through state forest which has multiple uses including the production of timber and provides unregulated freshwater flows to lower parts of the system. This section of the Latrobe supports a range of species including Barred Galaxias, River Blackfish, Gippsland Spiny Crayfish and Nankeen Night Heron. This reach also contains largely intact riparian vegetation including Damp Forest, Wet Forest and Riparian Forest and is one of the few catchment areas to be unaffected by fire in the last five years. It is valued for its visual amenity and is a popular spot for recreational fishing.

Potable water is provided to residential customers from the mid Latrobe throughout Gippsland as well as water to the power and manufacturing industries. Urban waterways in this area including Traralgon Creek, Waterhole Creek and Hazel Creek are all highly valued by local communities for their amenity and recreational opportunities.

In 2014 we conducted the first environmental flow release in the Latrobe from Blue Rock reservoir. Environmental water provides increased habitat and migration opportunities for fish and helps to maintain vegetation along the waterway.

Map of the Latrobe River