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Malmsbury Reservoir

The first water storage to be built on the Coliban River, Malmsbury Reservoir construction began in 1866. Today it’s a family-friendly place for shoreline fishing, kayaks, canoes and small portable craft (car toppers). We encourage visitors to enjoy on-water recreation within the guidelines explained on this page. 

 

Malmsbury Reservoir is on Dja Dja Wurrung Country, we acknowledge and extend our appreciation for the Dja Dja Wurrung People, the Traditional Owners of the land.

Please note, the wearing of lifejackets is mandatory while on the water.

Access hours
Daylight hours

Facilities

  • Accessible
  • BBQ
  • Carpark
  • Seating
  • Shelter
  • Toilets
  • Walking
  • Watercraft entry/exit

Look after our reservoirs

Enjoy your visit and please respect our reservoirs for local communities and future generations. You may see some or all of the signs below at our reservoirs, keep an eye out.

There is quite a distance and rocky ground to access water for on-water recreation, please be careful. 

Available/allowed at this site
  • Small portable craft
  • Kayak or canoes
  • Fishing
  • Single entry/exit point for kayaks, canoes and small portable craft
  • Inflatables (only permitted with an Australian Builders Plate (compliance plate))
  • Boats with an electric motor
  • Dogs (must be on leads)
  • Carpark
  • Walking paths
Not allowed at this site
  • Boats with fuel-powered motors attached & any fuel-powered craft
  • Drone usage
  • Swimming & towed water activities
  • Sail-powered craft or paddle boarding
  • Horses
  • Firearms or shooting
  • Exceeding the number of people allowed in a vessel as per the design limit
  • Damage to Dja Dja Wurrung cultural heritage, digging of soil & disturbance to plants or wildlife
  • Camping & fires
Please
  • Beware limbs may fall

  • Beware of uneven ground

  • Clean up after your dog

  • Do not remove timber, plants, wildlife or rocks

  • Keep vehicles on track and drive at the speed limit

Water Safety
  • Be aware of above and below water hazards

  • Check the water temperature. If you fall in, cold water can cause hypothermia

  • Five knot speed limit (9.26km speed limit)

  • Life jackets mandatory

The graphs below are indicative and not to scale. Know how data is calculated, what data is available and where it comes from by visiting our Water Storage and Information page.
 
The content of these graphs is provided for information purposes only. No claim is made as to the accuracy of this data.
 
Information and data is provided on the basis that users take responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of its content.

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Disclaimer

The graphs below are indicative and not to scale. Know how data is calculated, what data is available and where it comes from by visiting our Water Storage and Information page.
 
The content of these graphs is provided for information purposes only. No claim is made as to the accuracy of this data.
 
Information and data is provided on the basis that users take responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of its content.

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