Current BGA Bloom
A Blue Green Algae (BGA) bloom warning is current for Lake Glenmaggie.
Warning signs advising people not to swim, fish or come in contact with the water have been erected at the reservoir, and boating is also not recommended
Blue Green Algae can be dangerous to humans and animals. It can cause skin rashes or itchiness; sore eyes, ears and nose; or if swallowed, gastroenteritis, nausea or vomiting. People who come into direct contact with contaminated water should wash immediately in fresh water.
Water from Lake Glenmaggie should not be used for drinking, cooking or other domestic uses. Boiling the affected water will not make it safe for use.
Pet owners should prevent pets from drinking or having direct contact with contaminated water.
If you are experiencing a health issue you think is related to contact with water contaminated by BGA, please seek medical advice promptly.
SRW will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates accordingly.
Boating speed restrictions now in place
Glenmaggie Reservoir has fallen below 25%, triggering recreational water usage restrictions.
This restricts boats and other water vessels to 5-knots per hour across the lake, and so waterskiing and jetskiing are not possible. Fishing is still permitted.
Boats are not banned from the lake but must obey the 5 knot restriction, which is well signed around the shoreline.
The restrictions are for obvious safety reasons. There are a number of snags and obstacles that become serious hazards when the lake levels drop. SRW urges everyone using Glenmaggie to observe the speed restriction and stay safe.
Lake Glenmaggie, located in Gippsland, is a very popular recreational area offering opportunities for boating, swimming and picnicking.
The lake is an annual storage which provides water for farmers throughout the Macalister Irrigation District. This means that the lake fills and empties most years.
Hours of operation
The Lake Glenmaggie Dam Wall recreational area is open from 8.00am and closed at 8.00pm daily.
Facilities and what we do
Lake Glenmaggie is popular for boating, fishing, swimming and picnics. Camping is available at the privately operated Lake Glenmaggie Caravan Park.
Facilities at our two main recreation areas, the dam wall and Sandy Point, include:
Recreational facilities – dam wall
Please note: There is no public access for any activity beyond the barrier near the weir wall.
Recreational facilities – Sandy Point
Request to hold events
From time to time, people wish to hold events at our recreational facilities including festivals, birthday parties and weddings. We cannot close or our recreational facilities for private events and you can not book sites.
You must have permission to hold any organised entertainment, rally, boating event or regatta, festival, public meeting, training class or demonstration, wedding or similar ceremony, or private functions for 30 or more people.
Please email us to with your request in writing.
While visiting our facilities you are not permitted to:
- camp or stay overnight
- have fires or fire pits
- leave rubbish - all our sites are carry in carry out zones
- reserve any picnic areas
- drive or ride motorbikes along the shoreline or in fenced areas
- enter prohibited areas
- vandalise the facilities
- hunt, carry or discharge a firearm
- ride or walk horses anywhere, including in the water.