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We hope you enjoy visiting our Coliban Water catchment reservoirs which include Upper Coliban, Malmsbury, Lauriston and Barkers Creek.

Visitors are encouraged to practice good hygiene, use their own hand sanitiser and must follow the latest COVID-19 restrictions on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria website.


Upcoming and current closures

Some recreational areas at our reservoirs closed due to extreme weather event - Friday 11 June 2021 until further notice

Recreation areas at Lauriston, Malmsbury and Barkers Creek reservoirs are now open.

Upper Coliban recreation area is open at the spillway.

The Premier Mine Road site at Upper Coliban Reservoir is open but access to site is limited.

Shepard's Hill Road recreational area (at Lauriston) remains closed until further notice.


Upper Coliban Reservoir - closure of Premier Mine Road boat ramp - Tuesday 11 May 2021 until further notice

Please be aware the boat ramp at Premier Mine Road at Upper Coliban Reservoir is temporarily closed.

This is due to receding water levels at the reservoir. Those with a kayak, canoe or small portable craft are still able to access the reservoir via the spillway access point. A map of this location can be found here.

Further works to extend the Premier Mine Road boat ramp to a length of 30 metres will be considered when there are suitable ground conditions and water levels.

Please note all other Coliban Water reservoir on-water access points remain open.

On-water access improvement works

Lauriston Reservoir - In mid-May 2021 we completed works on the Lauriston Reservoir boat ramp surface to improve access for users. 

Upper Coliban Reservoir - Improvement works for the Premier Mine Road car park are planned for mid-year 2021. 


On-water recreation

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

Shoreline fishing, kayaks, canoes and boats with electric motors are permitted at Upper Coliban and Barkers Creek reservoirs. 

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

Small portable craft (car toppers) means you are able to transport your craft on a roof rack.

On-water users cannot land or exit their craft at any location other than the designated entry/exit points.

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 
To protect our treatment plants and the supply of drinking water to our customers, 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 (compliance plate).


No sail craft of any kind permitted on our reservoirs - this includes sail boats, sail boards, paddle boards and kite surfing.


To prepare for your visit

Please check the conditions of access:

Lauriston Reservoir

Malmsbury Reservoir

Upper Coliban Reservoir

Please note, for Lauriston Reservoir, vehicle and trailer access at the water's edge is not permitted. You can drive into the reservoir grounds but vehicles and trailers cannot be backed into the water for launching of water craft. 

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.

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)



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 12 Jun 2021
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