The Ovens River is one of Victoria’s most iconic rivers, loved by many for its pristine waters, abundant fishing and quiet camping spots. The Upper Ovens catchment is popular for recreation and includes some of the most picturesque landscapes in Victoria. The conservation value, mostly natural water regime and the relative intactness of the majority of the Ovens River system make it unique. Platypus are relatively abundant. Trout Cod, a high priority endangered fish, and Golden Perch and Murray Cod, which are high priority threatened fish, are found in the river. Threatened bird species of egrets, treecreepers, parrots, kingfishers, herons, sea eagles and cormorants also rely on the river.

North East Catchment Management Authority (NECMA) are leading the Upper Ovens River Flagship Waterway project, in partnership with the local community. The main objectives of the project are to improve vegetation structure, channel and bank stability, access to the river for recreation, water quality and aquatic biota. Further information can be found on the NECMA website.

A person fly-fishing in a river

Fishing on the Upper Ovens River

Photo credit: NECMA

The CMA and DELWP are reviewing priorities for this Flagship Waterway Project in response to impacts from the 2019/20 bushfires

Page last updated: 13/02/20