Serpentine Dam, Strathgordon

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#149 of 248 in Parks in Tasmania
The Serpentine Dam is an rockfill embankment dam with a concrete face and a controlled spillway across the Serpentine River, located in the South West region of Tasmania, Australia.
The impounded reservoir, also formed with the Edgar Dam and the Scotts Peak Dam, is called Lake Pedder which flooded Lake Edgar, a naturally forming fault scarp pond. The dam was constructed in 1971 by the Hydro Electric Corporation (TAS) as part of the Gordon River Power Development Scheme for the purpose of generating hydro-electric power via the conventional Gordon Power Station. Water from Lake Pedder is diverted to Lake Gordon (formed by the Gordon Dam) via the McPartlan Pass Canal.
The Serpentine Dam, together with the Edgar Dam and the Scotts Peak Dam, are three major dams that form the headwaters for the Gordon River Power Development Scheme. The dam is located near Lake Pedder's most northwesterly point where the Serpentine River descends from the Frankland Range into what is now known as the Pedder Reach. At the southern end of the Lake Pedder, the Scotts Peak Dam impounds the upper reaches of the Huon River. The Edgar Dam forms a saddle dam at Lake Pedder's most easterly point. The water in Lake Pedder provides around 40% of the water used in the Gordon Power Station. The water flows to Lake Gordon via McPartlan Canal. Water from Lake Gordon then exits through the Gordon Power Station releasing via the tailrace into the Gordon River.
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  • Is a small (earthen dam) near main road that was part of the Lake Pedder impoundment. Interesting walks around the dam and along the river (quite excessive coloured waters - tannin).  more »
  • Serpentine Dam lies at Lake Pedder, a few km's outside of Strathgordon on the way to Gordon Dam. It's about 3km along a gravel road off the main road and has parking right on site. Info boards provide...  more »
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  • Lovely spot. Went with a friend, we were the only people there. Walked up Mount Sprent, track was very muddy, and in some places there was no formal track. Lovely natural spot, lots of plant life and variety, can see the West Coast of Tasmania when up high enough.
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