Boat ramps and recreational facilities reopened
In line with the Stage 3 restrictions, we initially closed the recreational facilities at our storages (including playgrounds and public BBQs). Boat ramps located at our storages reopened on 13 May, following the easing of restrictions on recreational boating and fishing.
Recreational activities are now permitted at our storages, within physical distancing restrictions, and according to the usual activities allowed at those storages. Recreational boating and fishing are allowed, along with other forms of exercise and recreation on and around our storages.
From Tuesday 26 May, playgrounds have reopened with a limit of 10 people at a time and physical distancing rules will apply.
From midnight 31 May (Monday 1 June), this number increases to 20 people at a time. Public BBQs will also reopen on 1 June.
See the latest information on restrictions on the Victorian Government website.
Southern Rural Water has a number of storages where people can use boats and non-powered craft.
|Storage||Power boating?||Non-powered boats Including Canoes and Kayaks||Boat Ramp Locations||More Information|
|Lake Glenmaggie||Yes||Yes||Kelly Cove, Lake Glenmaggie Caravan Park, Stuckeys Point, Glenmaggie and District Boat Club, Sandy Point||Lake Glenmaggie recreation page|
|Blue Rock Lake||Yes, with speed restrictions||Yes||Old Tanjil Road, Spillway Road||Blue Rock Lake recreation page|
|Cowwarr Weir||No||Yes||None||Cowwarr Weir recreation page|
|Lake Narracan||Note – recreation on Lake Narracan is managed by the Latrobe City Council.||Latrobe City Council|
|Melton Reservoir||Limited to members of the Melbourne Runabout and Speedboat Club||Only north of the railway bridge, accessed from Clarkes’ Road||(Melbourne Runabout and Speedboat Club for MRSC members only)||Melton Reservoir recreation page|
|Merrimu Reservoir||No||No||None||Merrimu Reservoir recreation page|
|Pykes Creek Reservoir||Yes. Note there can be restrictions on number of vessels when water is low||Yes||Pykes Creek Road||Pykes Creek recreation page|
Southern Rural Water is keen for all visitors to enjoy a safe boating experience. Many of our storages are regularly patrolled. Ensure you stick to the safety rules for boating, including:
- Boating is not permitted near our dam walls.
- On Victorian inland waters a 5 knot speed limit applies to boat operators and PWC operators within 50m of the water’s edge, 50m of any fixed or floating structure in or on the water, and 50m of swimmers.
- Don’t drink and boat.
- Maintain a good look out and operate at a safe speed. Remember that lower water levels often reveal snags and obstacles.
- Ensure you have sufficient skills, experience and number of crew on board for the vessel and conditions prevailing and forecast.
- Ensure you have the right safety equipment for all persons on-board including correctly fitted PFDs.
- Carry enough Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) for the amount of people on the boat
- You must wear the appropriate PFD for your vessel type when in an open area of a recreational vessel that is underway.
- All masters operating a powered recreational vessel on Victorian waters require a marine licence and must carry it at all times.
- The Marine Safety Act requires the owner of a recreational powered vessel (one equipped with an engine that is capable of being used for propulsion) to register the vessel.
- Carry the minimum safety equipment required for your class of vessel under the Marine Safety Act.
- A person must not operate a recreational vessel (including jetskis) or hire and drive vessel at a speed or in a manner which is dangerous to the public, birds and marine animals.
For more information about the rules at particular waterways, visit Transport Safety Victoria’s interactive waterway map.
For further information on The Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic) or boating in Waterways click here.