Connection to nature through water storages, lakes, wetlands, rivers and streams in regional Victoria is important for our health and wellbeing and the social fabric of communities.

Victorians and other visitors appreciate and seek these benefits through fishing, water skiing, rowing, camping, walking, bird watching, sporting events, social gatherings and other activities on or near waterways.

We support the wellbeing of rural and regional communities who enjoy the recreational benefits our regional waterways provide. We consider these values in the way we manage water.

What is the Victorian Government doing to support recreation at waterways?

The Victorian Government has set a long-term direction for managing Victoria’s precious water resources, through Water for Victoria.

Water for Victoria is a plan for a future with less water as Victoria responds to the impact of climate change and a growing population. The actions set out in the plan support a healthy environment, a prosperous economy with growing agricultural production, and thriving communities.

Recognising Recreational Values is one of nine themes within Water for Victoria.

DELWP is actively working with water corporations, Catchment Management Authorities and the Victorian Environmental Water Holder to incorporate recreational values in the way we manage water and waterways.

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How do I find out about water storage levels?

If you are interested in finding out the current water level at a particular water storage on your mobile device, download the Bureau of Meteorology’s iPhone app which reports water information for more than 250 water reservoirs across Australia.  

Storage levels can also be found on the Bureau of Meteorology water storage webpage

Who do I contact about recreation at a waterway or water storage?

There are many different government departments and agencies that are involved in making decisions about water.  

Water storages

If you would like to know who to contact regarding recreation at a Water Storage in regional or rural Victoria, the relevant rural water corporation may be able to help.

Waterways and wetlands

If you have a question about recreation at a waterway or wetland, the relevant Catchment Management Authority may be able to help.

To find out which rural water corporation or Catchment Management Authority to contact, use the water in your region map.

The following agencies and government departments all play a role in supporting and promoting the recreational values of Victoria’s waterways and water reservoirs, and may be able to assist.

Local Government Authorities
Regional Development Victoria
Tourism Victoria
Parks Victoria
Fisheries Victoria
Game Management Authority