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One of the earliest water conservation schemes and constructed in 1865 the reservoir is now a domestic water supply surrounded by picturesque forest and farmland. Bank fishing is permitted and the reservoir fishes particularly well when the water is rising over newly grassed shallow margins. The reservoir is stocked regularly with brown trout and also holds redfin and goldfish. It has more shallows than the other two Coliban storages (Lauriston and Upper Coliban Reservoirs) and is probably more productive.

Bank fishing as well as fishing from kayaks, canoes and small portable craft is permitted. People can fish using flies, baits or lures.

Visit Coliban Water for a map on access points for kayaks, canoes and small portable craft.

Important Notes

Please make sure you have your Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence with you and help us protect our fish stocks by observing all fisheries rules and regulations.  There are recreational areas with picnic tables, open spaces, walking tracks and toilets. Many people visit simply to enjoy the beauty of the natural surroundings.  The picturesque settings are also perfect for photography and landscape painting, and are popular with birdwatchers.  Car parking is provided and electric barbeques are available at a small charge. Dogs are permitted but must remain on a leash.

Camping, off-road driving and swimming is prohibited. All of these activities pose an unacceptable risk to water quality. Open fires are also not permitted. Please keep to the designated walkways and recreational areas to avoid the danger of abandoned mine shafts, steep slopes and cliffs, uneven footing and trees that drop their branches.

Remember to remove all rubbish thoughtfully to prevent polluting our waterways. This will ensure that we all enjoy great fishing for many years to come.

Where to Get Fishing Licences

Fishing licences can be purchased at the Kyneton Newsagency in High Street, or at Malmsbury General Store. If you are aged between 18 years – 70 years, you will require a fishing licence. Seniors, pension card holders and some traditional owner groups do not require a licence. For further information about LICENCES and OPEN/CLOSED SEASONS, please refer to the Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide 2018 (available at Visitor Information Centres).

Opening Hours

When to visit:
Recreational areas are open 8am till dusk all year round. We occasionally close recreational areas for maintenance works and for safety during high wind or heavy rain.


  • Picnic Facilities
  • Public Toilets


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