Better on-water access in lakes

Target One Million committed to improving on-water access to inland reservoirs including Barkers Creek, Tullaroop, Lauriston, Upper Coliban, Malmsbury and Hepburn Lagoon.

In April 2019 the first of these six waters, Barkers Creek Reservoir, was opened to canoes and kayaks. Electric motors may be used in canoes and kayaks provided users travel below 5 knots.

In May 2019, Tullaroop Reservoir was also opened up to canoes and kayaks, as well as boats with electric motors. Anglers are able to keep their petrol motor/outboards bolted to the boat, but are only permitted to use an electric motor.

From 1 August 2019, canoes/kayaks were granted access to Upper Coliban, Hepburn, Malmsbury and Lauriston reservoirs, powered by paddle or electric motor.

Water

Canoe and kayak access

Boat access

Electric motors

Barkers Creek Reservoir

Yes, including electric motors.

Car-toppers only, given formal launching ramp not yet established.

Yes

Tullaroop Reservoir

Yes, including electric motors.

Yes, via dirt boat ramp. Outboard engines must not be used, only electrics motors are permitted.

Yes

Lauriston Reservoir

Yes, including electric motors.

Car-toppers only.

Yes

Upper Coliban Reservoir

Yes, including electric motors.

Car-toppers only.

Yes

Malmsbury Reservoir

Yes, including electric motors.

Car-toppers only.

Yes

Hepburn Lagoon

Yes, including electric motors.

Car-toppers only.

Yes

The first five reservoirs have recently been stocked with native fish fingerlings, to create mixed fisheries in the years ahead.

To see the fish we’ve stocked into these waters, visit our fish stocking database, and search by the water you’re interested in.

Note: Access to the reservoirs may be closed for short periods for operational reasons, please check local conditions at Coliban Water or Goulburn Murray Water websites before you visit.