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Boating

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

Safe boating

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 lookout 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 personal flotation devices.
  • Wear the appropriate personal flotation device 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.

 

More Information

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.

Fishing

Fishing is a popular activity at many of our storages, both from boats and kayaks and from land. Blue Rock Lake, in particular, is known as one of Victoria’s premier fisheries for Australian Bass. Before heading out, make sure you have a current Recreational Fishing Licence (RFL). Unless you are exempt, an RFL is required when taking, or attempting to take, any species of fish by any method including line fishing, bait collection, gathering shellfish, yabby fishing, prawning and spearfishing. For more information, or to obtain a RFL, visit Fisheries Victoria.

Where can I fish?

Storage Fishing allowed? More information
Lake Glenmaggie Yes Lake Glenmaggie recreation page
Blue Rock Lake Yes Blue Rock Lake recreation page
Cowwarr Weir Yes Cowwarr Weir recreation page
Lake Narracan Recreation at Lake Narracan is managed by Latrobe City Council Latrobe City Council
Melton Reservoir Yes Melton Reservoir recreation page
Merrimu Reservoir No Merrimu Reservoir recreation page
Pykes Creek Reservoir Yes Pykes Creek recreation page

Picnic areas

There’s nothing better than a picnic on a beautiful day.

Southern Rural Water has picnic facilities available at a number of storages.

All of our recreation facilities have a carry in – carry out policy. Please take home your litter.

Dogs must be on a lead at all times.

Where can I picnic?

Storage Picnic areas More information
Lake Glenmaggie Dam wall and Sandy Point Lake Glenmaggie recreation page
Blue Rock Lake Old Tanjil Road and Spillway Road Blue Rock Lake recreation page
Cowwarr Weir Main area Cowwarr Weir recreation page
Lake Narracan Recreation is managed by the Latrobe City Council Latrobe City Council
Melton Reservoir Exford Road picnic area Melton Reservoir recreation page
Merrimu Reservoir Main area Merrimu Reservoir recreation page
Pykes Creek Main area Pykes Creek recreation page

Camping and caravanning

Camping and caravan overnight stays are not permitted at our recreational storages, including areas around Lake Glenmaggie, Blue Rock Lake, Cowwarr Weir, Pykes Creek Reservoir, Melton Reservoir and Merrimu Reservoir.

Lake Glenmaggie Caravan Park (privately owned) takes bookings. Please check with the operator.