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Safe Swimming

Our recreational reserves are lovely places to have a picnic and a swim. When enjoying a swim at one of our recreational reserves, please obey our general warning signs and the following tips to “play it safe by the water”.

Please check if there are any current blue green algae warnings for our swimming areas before visiting.



Where can I swim?
Storage Swimming areas More information
Lake Glenmaggie Sandy Point Lake Glenmaggie recreation page
Blue Rock Lake Old Tanjil Road, Spillway Road Blue Rock Lake recreation page
Cowwarr Weir Main area Cowwarr Weir recreation page
Lake Narracan Recreation at Lake Narracan is managed by Latrobe City Council Lake Narracan
Melton Reservoir No Melton Reservoir recreation page
Merrimu Reservoir No Merrimu Reservoir recreation page
Pykes Creek Marked swimming area Pykes Creek recreation page


Know your environment

Water and hazards can change very quickly. Don’t assume that the location will be the same as the last time you swam there.

When swimming at any of our storages, please be aware of:

  • The weather conditions – water levels can change suddenly due to heavy rainfall or releases of water from storage areas.
  • Remember what is safe in the morning may not be safe in the afternoon.
  • Strong winds, as they can cause choppy water which makes conditions for swimming dangerous.
  • Banks, as they are often slippery and can result in someone accidentally falling into the water.
  • Currents, which are likely wherever a river enters a lake or another river.

Please stay away from any of our assets including spillways and towers.


Swim safely
  • Obey all water safety signs.
  • Never enter the water where flood gates or valves are in operation.
  • Only swim in designated swimming areas.
  • Check the water depth and currents before allowing toddlers or children in the water.
  • Never take your eyes off toddlers or small children.
  • Make sure someone is watching out for you.
  • Beware of the depth of the water and always enter feet first.
  • Look carefully for sandbanks, weeds, rocks, trees, branches and other hazards.

Please don’t swim in our irrigation channels or diversion weirs.

Southern Rural Water distributes water to irrigators through weirs and automated channel networks. The volume of water flowing in our system is regulated by a series of automated doors and gates that can open or close at any time, causing conditions to be hazardous.

For further information on safe swimming visit the “Play it Safe by the Water” website.