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Update Friday 17 July 2020

We’re working to improve car parking and boat ramp facilities at Barkers Creek and Upper Coliban Reservoir in the coming weeks. Both projects are being delivered with funding from the Victorian Fisheries Authority and Better Boating Victoria.

The construction period will mean limited access for visitors, so please see the following information to ensure you can plan your trip.

Premier Mine Road, Upper Coliban Reservoir:

Works are going to be undertaken to convert the current on-water access point to a publicly accessible boat ramp. These works will begin on Friday 17 July 2020. The site and on-water access from this site will be closed, re-opening Friday 31 July 2020.

Barkers Creek Reservoir:

Improvements will allow boat access to the public from the existing car park accessible from McIvor Road.

We’ll be undertaking these improvements from Monday 20 July 2020, and they will take approximately four weeks. During this time there will be no visitor access or on-water recreation from Monday to Friday. The site will still be open for use on the weekends.

These dates are subject to weather conditions.

Update - Monday 22 June 2020

Our four reservoirs, Lauriston, Malmsbury, Upper Coliban and Barkers Creek, and reservoir recreation areas, are open to the public. 

Visitors should clean BBQs and surrounding spaces before and after use. Please ensure you practice good hygiene. 

You must follow the Victorian Government gathering and physical distancing restrictions, the latest on which can be found on the Department of Health and Human Services website.


Enjoy our Upper Coliban, Lauriston, Malmsbury and Barkers Creek reservoirs all year round.

On-water recreation

Shoreline fishing, kayaks, canoes and small portable craft (car toppers) with electric motors are permitted at Upper Coliban, Lauriston and Malmsbury Reservoirs. 

Barkers Creek Reservoir is currently open to kayak and canoe use only.

Small portable craft, or car topper, means you are able to transport your craft on a roof rack and is limited to 12 foot in length, with only 2 persons permitted in any one vessel. 

There is a single designated entry/exit point for each of the reservoirs. On-water users cannot land or exit their craft at any location other than the single designated entry/exit point.


To prepare for your visit

Please check the conditions of access:

Lauriston Reservoir

Malmsbury Reservoir

Upper Coliban Reservoir

Please refer to the signage in place at our reservoirs. The signs identify hazards (ie: slips, trips, falls and drowning), areas of restricted access and safety information that must be followed. Our rules for on-water recreation include: 

On-water hours of operation
Daylight hours

Number of people in a vessel
As per vessel design limit.

Fuel motors on boats 
Fuel powered boats are not permitted at Malmsbury, Lauriston and Upper Coliban reservoirs. Petrol or diesel engines will need to be removed before arriving at the reservoir. Petrol or diesel engines are permitted on boats at Barkers Creek but are not to be used.

Only permitted if they have an Australian Builders Plate for Recreational Boats.

For further information refer to our Recreation Area Management Plan (PDF 1.6MB)

Our reservoirs are managed, protected and regulated under Coliban Water By-law No. 13 - Recreation Areas (PDF 408KB)

Here is our Quick Guide for visitors (PDF 4MB)


Water safety information

Please take note before getting on the water.

Water safety information icons



You can fish from the bank year-round at most of our visitor recreation areas. You’ll need a current recreational fishing licence from Fisheries Victoria.

Keep an eye out for the fishing symbol on our signage.


Look after our reservoirs

Balance recreation with responsibility. Follow our signs 'No, Please, Do' to help us protect these areas for local communities and future generations. You may see some or all of the signs below at our reservoirs, keep an eye out.

Things not permitted at the reservoirs












Warning regulations

Permitted activities


Picnic and barbecue areas

Free picnic areas and barbecue facilities are available at a number of our recreation areas. Malmsbury and Lauriston Recreation Areas also have sheltered seating.

Accessible facilities including toilets and picnic areas are provided in some locations, including Lauriston Recreation Area.

Last updated on 31 Jul 2020
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