Recreational areas

For operational and safety reasons, most of our facilities are normally closed to the public. However, some of our reservoirs allow limited access for walking, fishing, birdwatching, mountain biking, sightseeing and picnicking. 

To maintain our high standards of water quality, water sports such as swimming, boating, canoeing and kayaking are not permitted at any of our water storages.

Image shows a stone bridge over the West Barwon outlet channel, downstream of the dam.

Some of our most important drinking water reserves are also beautiful locations for sightseeing. Pictured is the West Barwon outlet channel, downstream of the dam and a short walk from picnic facilities, barbecues and public toilets.


West Barwon Reservoir

The West Barwon Reservoir, in the Otway Ranges National Park, is one of Geelong's most important water sources, and also one of our most picturesque sites.

The reservoir has ample parking, a free barbecue and public toilets. There are numerous walking and mountain biking trails around the park.

Fishing is permitted from the dam wall. 

Mountain biking is permitted on designated tracks.

The entrance to the reservoir reserve is on the Forrest–Apollo Bay Road, south of Forrest.


Wurdee Boluc Reservoir

Wurdee Boluc Reservoir is Geelong's largest surface water storage.

Fishing is allowed along a well-marked section of the reservoir, accessed from the car park.

There is a small picnic area with tables and a public toilet.

The reservoir is about 37 kilometres from Geelong on the Cape Otway Road, near Winchelsea.

  Wurdee Boluc Reservoir: visitor amenities


Painkalac Reservoir

Painkalac Reservoir, north of Moggs Creek, formerly supplied water to the nearby townships of Aireys Inlet and Fairhaven. With these towns now connected to the greater Geelong water supply network, the reservoir was opened to the public for walking, riding, bushwalking, bird watching, picknicking and recreational fishing.

Access is by foot from the distillery Creek picnic area off Bambra Road. Take Moggs Creek – Distillery Creek Track, and then Dam Walk (approximately three kilometres, one way).

Please note, as the access route is via the Great Otway National Park, dogs are not permitted.


Bostock Reservoir

Bostock Reservoir offers picnic areas and fishing.

The entrance to the reservoir reserve is off Shaws Road, Ballan. 


Bolwarra Weir

Bolwarra Weir is open for fishing from the bank only (not along the weir wall).

Entry is via Dehnerts Road, north of Ballan.


Upper Stony Creek No. 1

The three Upper Stony Creek reservoirs are about 40 kilometres from Geelong on the Geelong-Ballan Road, north of Anakie.

Fishing is permitted at Upper Stony Reservour No. 1 only (on the east side of Geelong-Ballan Road).

  Upper Stony Creek Reservoir No. 1: Visitor amenities




Many of our reservoirs support healthy populations of fish. Fishing is permitted within designated sections of:

  • West Barwon Reservoir
  • Wurdee Boluc Reservoir
  • Bostock Reservoir
  • Upper Stony Creek Reservoir No. 1
  • Painkalac Reservoir
  • Bolwarra Weir.

To ensure our catchments remain safe and clean, please observe these simple rules when fishing at our sites:

  • No boats.
  • Fish from the shore only (no wading).
  • No cleaning of fish on site.
  • No berleying, ground baiting, or digging for bait.
  • Don't litter. Please use the bins provided or take your rubbish home.
  • Recreational fishing licence required. Fisheries officers regularly check our reservoirs for illegal fishing. 




If you wish to hold a formal event at one of our sites, you will need to seek our permission first. A permit may be required. Contact us for more information.

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