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Enjoy our Upper Coliban, Lauriston, Malmsbury and Barkers Creek reservoirs all year round.
Go fishing, kayak, canoe, have a picnic or barbecue, explore a walking trail or visit a playground. 

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.

Upper Coliban Reservoir access works

Minor works have been completed at the Kyneton-Springhill Road visitor area that will allow cars to drive up to 10 meters from the water's edge, unload their craft, and then return to the car parking area.

We are continuing to work closely with the Kyneton Angling Club, the Dja Dja Wurrung and the Victorian Fishing Authority to explore opportunities for more access points in the future.


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 obeyed.

Fuel powered boats are not permitted. Petrol or diesel engines will need to be removed before arriving at the reservoir. For further information refer to our Recreation Area Management Plan (PDF 1.6MB)

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


Water safety information

Please take note before getting on the water.

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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 22 Jan 2020
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