About 200 people braved wintry conditions to attend the centenary celebrations of Lake Fyans at its banks on Sunday.
Lake Fyans committee president Jim Leeke said it was a fantastic achievement to see the recreational area hit 100 years.
“I spent a lot of my younger days there, just like many others would have too, so it’s quite a milestone to see it reach 100 years,” Mr Leeke said.
“I was amazed at the turnout considering the poor weather, it truly is an indication of how popular the lake is.”
Celebrations featured yacht racing, a vintage car display, art demonstrations, live entertainment and refreshments.
Northern Grampians Shire Council candidate Jason Hosemans said the occasion deserved to be celebrated considering the development Lake Fyans had made over the years.
“It used to be a swamp before it became the main water supply for the township, it is a major resource for this area,” Mr Hosemans said.
“The area also helps boost the tourism industry which means more money goes into the economy and into maintaining the region.”
Long-term resident in the area Grace Rachinger said she supported the event because of a close connection with Lake Fyans.
“It’s a great recreational area with many happy memories,” Ms Rachinger said.
“I recall the times as a child I would come out here and go water skiing, now my children do the same.”
Yan Yean MP Danielle Green officially unveiled a plaque which was placed on an 8.5 tonne rock from the quarry.
She said the occasion was a fantastic way to pay tribute to the lake’s service to the community and to the people in government who drove the idea to build the reservoir.
“It is important to acknowledge what the pioneers did and the recreational opportunities and economic development they have brought us,” Ms Green said.
“The prosperity of nearby towns of Stawell, Ararat and Great Western would not be as assured if it was not for this water system.”