Visiting our Reservoirs

Our Coliban River storages – Lauriston, Malmsbury and Upper Coliban Reservoirs – are the main sources of drinking water for around 130,000 people in the region.

They’re also a great place to visit and one of our roles is to balance opportunities for recreation and enjoyment with the duty of care and legislative obligations we have. These are in place to reduce risks to water quality and provide safe drinking water to our communities.

Our reservoirs provide an opportunity to go fishing, exercise, have a picnic or simply enjoy the scenery. We actively work with local communities, clubs and organisations to support recreation at our reservoirs and provide a place for community enjoyment.

These facilities include walking tracks, fishing areas, barbecue areas, toilets, picnic spots, parking, sheltered seating, viewing areas and playgrounds. Please see the Discover Our Reservoirs guide.

> Caring for our reservoirs

We ask visitors to our reservoirs to be considerate and respectful of the environment to help us protect these areas for communities and future generations.

Unfortunately, in the past, some visitors have not always been considerate in how they access our lands, causing damage to fences, trespassing, dumping rubbish or lighting camp fires during fire danger periods.

We ask visitors to follow our 'Do', 'Please' and 'No' rules, shown below.


> Current reservoir levels

Our reservoir levels are updated on weekdays, except for public holidays and when our office is closed over the Christmas period.


> Related links

Pine Safety Removal Project

Discover our Reservoirs brochure


> Picnic and barbecue areas

Free picnic areas and barbecue facilities are available at a number of our recreation areas. An accessible barbecue and picnic area is available at the Lauriston Recreation Area, located via Lauriston Reservoir Road.

If you’re using a barbecue, we kindly ask that you leave it in a tidy state for the next person, and take any rubbish home or dispose of it appropriately if bins are provided.

Sheltered seating is currently available at Malmsbury Recreation Area, located via Sullivan Street, Malmsbury, and at Lauriston Recreation Area.

Other accessible facilities including toilets and picnic areas are provided in some locations. We are continuing to improve the access for all visitors to our recreational areas.

> Fishing

Fishing from the bank is allowed year-round at most of our visitor recreation areas. Remember you’ll need a current Recreational Fishing Licence, which can be obtained through Fisheries Victoria.

Fisheries Victoria stocks the reservoirs, and takes into account species than can be fished from the shorelines, as boating is prohibited. Keep an eye out for the fishing symbol (left) on our signage.

Fishing areas are also signposted for drivers at Premier Mine Road at Upper Coliban Reservoir, and at Shepherds Hill Road at Lauriston Reservoir.

When fishing from the banks, please take care near the water on muddy, rocky or slippery banks. Visitors are asked to not to leave any fishing hooks around and to clean up any fishing gear when you leave.


> Rubbish

Our reservoirs have a ‘take rubbish home’ policy unless bins are provided for use. We ask visitors to respect this rule to keep these areas clean and tidy.


> Parking and driving areas

Please stick to defined vehicle tracks when visiting our reservoirs.

Some parts of the reservoir foreshore areas and storage basins have a history of being used for motorbike, cars and 4WD activity. Illegal vehicle tracks and driving through water poses problems for water quality and increases soil erosion.

There are also public safety concerns for nearby landowners and other recreational users. Please take note of signage and defined tracks when visiting the reservoirs.

> Finding your way around

Regulatory, interpretative and way-finding signage is on display at Lauriston, Malmsbury and Upper Coliban Reservoirs. New signage at Barkers Creek Reservoir is due to be installed shortly.

Signage may include an entrance sign, map of the location and a range of green, orange and red symbols to distinguish activities by either ‘Do’, ‘Please’ or ‘No’.

If you notice any damage to our signs, please notify us on 1300 363 200 (or 1300 COLIBAN)











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