Loddon Shire takes its name from north-central Victoria’s largest river, home to many threatened species and a source of great pleasure to Victorians for generations.
The Loddon river’s journey begins in Victoria’s Great Dividing Range, not far from Trentham. It flows 392km north through the townships of Newstead, Bridgewater, Serpentine, Boort and Kerang, before joining the Murray River between Barham and Swan Hill.
Along the way, it flows through the Cairn Curran and Laanecoorie Reservoirs and several weirs, providing a haven for water skiers, boat owners and sailors.
At Bridgewater, there is a designated 3.2km general water skiing area, a 950m slalom and ski jump area. Water skiing events held in the area include the Australian Masters in January, the pre-Moomba tournament in February and the Bridgewater Ski Club Tournament.
Fish to be caught along the length of the river include redfin, Murray cod, golden perch, silver perch and carp.
Canoeists, kayakers and campers are also frequent visitors to their favourite spots, with white water kayaking of Grade 3 standard sometimes on offer at Bridgewater.
Picnickers and day trippers, too, can easily find a place for a relaxing few hours by the water’s edge, either in well-kept public reserves or that quiet corner away from it all.
03 5448 8464.
Things to do
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Places to eat
Historical Swimming Hole.
This has been the best spot for swimming for many generations of Bridgewater residents and with the recent upgrades it continues to be the best place to spend a hot summers day.
Extending from the Public Caravan Park (opening soon), under the highway, past the swimming hole and onto the island loop.
Ideal for a picnic, or to drop in a line for a spot of fishing.
03 54373 3060.