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Eucumbene River
The Eucumbene 1990.jpg
The Eucumbene River from the Snowy Mountains Highway at Kiandra, 1990.
Country Australia
State New South Wales
Region Australian Alps (IBRA), Snowy Mountains
Local government area Snowy Monaro Regional Council
Town Jindabyne
Physical characteristics
Main source Snowy Mountains
below Shaw Hill
1,380 m (4,530 ft)
River mouth confluence with the Snowy River
Lake Jindabyne
900 m (3,000 ft)
Length 84 km (52 mi)
Basin features
River system Snowy River catchment
  • Left:
    Chance Creek, Alpine Creek (New South Wales), Gang Gang Creek
  • Right:
    Tabletop Creek, Hughes Creek, Swamp Creek (New South Wales, Snowy River), Big Tolbar Creek
National park Kosciuszko NP

The Eucumbene River, a perennial river of the Snowy River catchment, is located in the Snowy Mountains region of New South Wales, Australia.

Course and features

The Eucumbene River rises below Shaw Hill, in the northern part of the Kosciuszko National Park, approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) north of the village of Kiandra. The river flows generally south and southeast before emptying into Lake Eucumbene where its flow is impounded by Eucumbene Dam. After passing through or over the dam wall, the river flows generally south before emptying into Lake Jindabyne, impounded by Jindabyne Dam. Within Lake Jindabyne, the river reaches its confluence with the Snowy River.

The river descends 476 metres (1,562 ft) over its 84 kilometres (52 mi) course, joined by seven minor tributaries.

The flow of the river is impacted by alpine conditions, with high flows during spring as a result of snow melt. During winter, the river is subject to snow and ice conditions.

The Snowy Mountains Highway crosses the river at several locations between Adaminaby and Kiandra.

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