Southern Rural Water has advised boating speed restrictions will be introduced on Lake Glenmaggie in the next couple of weeks.
Boats can be launched at the caravan park and at Coongulla but all concrete boat ramps are already above the waterline. Picnic areas remain open.
Restrictions are common each season but are expected to be introduced much earlier this year.
Without significant rainfall, at the current rates of usage SRW advises the reservoir will fall soon to 44%, triggering recreation water usage restrictions.
This will restrict boats and other water vessels to 5-knots per hour across two-thirds of the lake (some areas, particularly along inlets, have a permanent 5-knot restriction), reducing the area where waterskiing and jetskiing is possible.
The restricted area is west of a line from Sandy Cove to Wootons Point, which will be clearly marked with yellow buoys.
Boats are not banned from the remainder of the lake but must obey the 5 knot restriction, which will be well signed around the shoreline and across the lake. Fishing is still permitted.
“The restrictions are for obvious safety reasons,” says Acting Manager Water Supply East, Gavin Prior. “There are a number of snags and obstacles that become serious hazards when the lake levels drop. We urge everyone using Glenmaggie to observe the speed restriction and stay safe.”
“We also want to remind everyone that as soon as the lake’s capacity drops to 25%, we introduce a five knot restriction across the whole of Glenmaggie. It is anticipated this will occur about a month later.”