Boating is a valued recreation activity in the area, attracting thousands of visitors from within Victoria, interstate and overseas. Boat operators should exercise care and follow waterway rules to ensure that they are operating in an appropriate manner in regard to their location, conditions and impacts on other water users and the environment.

Boat Launching

Launching fees at all public boat ramps in Nagambie are now free. For all information about boat ramps in the Strathbogie Shire, up to date weather and information about ramp closures, visit the Boating Vic website

Public boat launch ramps are located at:

  • McNamaras Point at the Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre, 66 Loddings Ln, Nagambie
  • Loddings Ln, Nagambie – opposite the Regatta Centre
  • Buckley Park Nagambie – enter via Glencairn Ave, Nagambie
  • Majors Creek, Mitchellstown – Mitchellstown Road just past Mitchelton Winery
  • Turners Island Lane, Kirwans Bridge – off Lobbs Lane

Lake Closures

Lake Nagambie and the surrounding waterways may be closed due to events or other scenarios. For the latest information, phone the Nagambie Visitor Information Centre on 1800 065 993 or visit the centre at 293 High St, Nagambie.

See the latest list of lake and river closures here: Lake & River Closures 2021 – 2022

→ View current closure notice here

Current exemptions

PUBLIC NOTICE

DECLARATION OF BOATING ACTIVITY EXEMPTION

Strathbogie Shire Council as the declared waterway manager for the Goulburn River from Hughes Creek to Goulburn Weir including Lake Nagambie, makes the following declaration under section 203(3) of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic).

For the purposes of boating activity conducted by Paddle Victoria, persons and vessels involved in the 2023 Victorian Sprint and Short Course Marathon Championships on Saturday 28 January 2023 6.30am – 5.30pm & Sunday 29 January 2023 6.30am – 2.30pm are exempt from:

State Rules made under the Marine Act 1988

  1. Clause 2(a) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 metres of a person in the water
  2. Clause 2(c) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 metres of another vessel
  3. Clause 3(b) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 metres of a fixed or floating structure

Waterway Rules made under the Marine Safety Act 2010 / Marine Act 1988

  1. Clause 91.14 of Schedule 91 – exclusive use and special purpose area for un-powered vessels (rowing course area)

Marine Safety Regulations 2012

  1. Regulation 96(5) – requirement to carry listed safety equipment (a bailer) on human powered vessel on inland waters
  2. Regulation 96(6) – requirement to carry a personal floatation device (PFD) for each person onboard on inland waters
  3. Regulation 100(3) – person must wear a PFD of type specified at all times when underway on inland waters

Subject to the following conditions:

  • Masters of event official vessels and rescue vessels are only exempt from items 1-3 when undertaking a rescue operation to retrieve persons in distress, provide for their initial medical or other needs and deliver them to a place of safety onshore.
  • Masters of event official & support vessels and rescue vessels are only exempt from item 4 for the duration of the event.
  • Occupants of all mechanically powered vessels involved with the event (support, rescue and official) must always wear a PFD during the event and vessels must carry all prescribed safety equipment.
  • Masters of all competing vessels are only exempt from items 2-3 for the duration of the event.
  • Masters of competing vessels, excluding dragon boats, are exempt from item 5 for the duration of the event. All dragon boats must carry a bailer.
  • Only masters and occupants of vessels competing at State and National level and at the discretion of the event Chief Official, are exempt from items 6 & 7 in respect to the exemption to not carry or wear a PFD for the duration of the event.
  • Masters and occupants of all other competing vessels must wear a PFD. All masters and occupants of dragon boats must wear a PFD.
  • The exemptions apply from 6.30am to 5.30pm on Saturday 28 January and 6.30am to 2.30pm on Sunday 29 January 2023 within the exclusion zone waters of the Lake Nagambie rowing course, provided the stated safety controls and undertakings detailed in the application form and associated documentation are adhered to.

Amanda Tingay

Director Community & Planning

19 January 2023

Marine Safety Act 2010

Section 208(2)

NOTICE OF BOATING ACTIVITY EXCLUSION ZONE

Strathbogie Shire Council as the declared waterway manager for The Goulburn River from Hughes Creek to Goulburn Weir including Lake Nagambie hereby gives notice under section 208(2) of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic) that all persons and vessels not registered to take part in the Lake Nagambie Inflatable Floating Park are prohibited from entering and remaining in the following waters.

Waters of the Lake Nagambie – adjacent to Buckley Park, extending approximately 60 metres from the shoreline as marked by buoys at approximate locations: 36°47’07.1″S 145°08’56.4″E, 36°47’07.8″S 145°08’58.2″E & 36°47’08.2″S 145°09’00.0″E.

The exclusion zone will be in effect from 7am Thursday 12 January 2023 to 5pm Sunday 21 January 2024.

BY ORDER OF STRATHBOGIE SHIRE COUNCIL

Amanda Tingay

Director Community and Planning

PUBLIC NOTICE

DECLARATION OF BOATING ACTIVITY EXEMPTION

Strathbogie Shire Council as the declared waterway manager for Goulburn River from Hughes Creek to Goulburn Weir, including Lake Nagambie, makes the following declaration under section 203(3) of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic).

For the purposes of boating activity conducted by Nagambie Waterski Club, persons and vessels involved in the 2022-2023 Nagambie Waterski Club Events are exempt from the following requirements:

State Rules made under the Marine Act 1988

  1. Clause 2(a) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 metres of a person in the water
  2. Clause 2(c) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 metres of another vessel

Subject to the conditions detailed below:

  • Masters of rescue vessels are only exempt from items 1 & 2 when undertaking a rescue operation to retrieve a person in distress, provide for their initial medical or other needs and deliver them to a place of safety on shore.
  • All participants and occupants of vessels involved with the event must wear a personal flotation device at all times during the event and vessels must have all prescribed safety equipment, including rescue vessels.
  • Should vessels not involved in the event enter the competition area, the event must be stopped until the unauthorised vessel or person has moved outside of the area.
  • These exemptions apply for the dates and times as detailed in Table 1, to the persons and vessels registered to participate in the Nagambie Water Ski Club events on the Goulburn River.
  • The exemptions apply provided the stated safety controls and undertakings detailed in the application form and associated documentation are adhered to.

Table 1: 2022-2023 Nagambie Waterski Club Events

Saturday 19 November 2022 8am to 5pm
Saturday 10 December 2022 8am to 5pm
Saturday 7 January 2023 8am to 5pm
Saturday 11 February 2023 8am to 5pm
Saturday 4 March 2023 8am to 5pm
Saturday 1 April 2023 8am to 5pm

By order of Strathbogie Shire Council

Amanda Tingay, Director Community & Planning

Strathbogie Shire Council


Marine Safety Act 2010
Section 208

NOTICE SPECIFYING AN ACTIVITY EXCLUSION ZONE

I, Cameron Toy, Director Maritime Safety acting in my capacity as delegate of Safe Transport Victoria, pursuant to section 208 of the Marine Safety Act 2010, by this notice prohibit:

  • all persons, other than members, officers or personnel of Victoria Police, Victoria State
    Emergency Service, Victorian Fisheries Authority, Strathbogie Shire Council and Safe
    Transport Victoria, and
  • all vessels, other than those operated by Victoria Police, Victoria State Emergency Service,
    Victorian Fisheries Authority, Strathbogie Shire Council and Safe Transport Victoria, and
    vessels expressly authorised by members, officers or personnel of Victoria Police, Victoria
    State Emergency Service, Victorian Fisheries Authority, Strathbogie Shire Council and Safe
    Transport Victoria,

from entering, or remaining in, the following State waters:
Goulburn River from Chinaman’s Bridge downstream to the Goulburn Weir.

This notice comes into effect at 12pm on 25 November 2022 and remains in effect until 12pm on 15 December 2022.

Dated 25 November 2022
CAMERON TOY
Director Maritime Safety
Authorised delegate of Safe Transport Victoria


PUBLIC NOTICE – DECLARATION OF BOATING ACTIVITY EXEMPTION

Strathbogie Shire Council as the declared waterway manager for the Goulburn River from Hughes Creek to Goulburn Weir, makes the following declaration under section 203(3) of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic).

For the purposes of boating activity conducted by Rowing Victoria, persons and vessels involved in the Rowing Victoria 2022 Head of the Goulburn are exempt from the following requirements:

State Rules made under the Marine Act 1988

  1. Clause 2(a) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 metres of a person in the water
  2. Clause 2(c) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 metres of another vessel
  3. Clause 3(b) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 metres of a fixed or floating structure

Waterway Rules made under the Marine Safety Act 2010 / Marine Act 1988

  1. Clause 91.4(a) of Schedule 91 – 5 knot speed restriction – Kirwans Bridge to Hughes Creek
  2. Clause 91.8 of Schedule 91 – Exclusive Use & Special Purpose Area for water-skiing

Subject to the conditions detailed below:

  • Masters of competing vessels are only exempt from items 2-5 for the duration of the events.
  • Masters of rescue and official vessels are only exempt from items 1-4 when undertaking a rescue operation to retrieve persons in distress, provide for their initial medical or other needs and deliver them to a place of safety on shore.
  • Masters of rescue, event official & support vessels are only exempt from item 5 for the duration of the events.
  • Occupants of powered vessels used in conjunction with the events must wear a personal flotation device at all times
  • The event is operating under the auspices of Rowing Victoria, including the Rowing Victoria Safety Management Plan, which meets the criteria of Clause 3 of the Exemption Notice made under the Marine Regulations 1999 in respect of the exemption for rowing vessels to not carry or wear a personal flotation device
  • The exemptions apply from 7:00am to 2:00pm on Saturday 22 October 2022 within the exclusion zone waters of the Goulburn River – upstream boundary of the 5 knot speed restriction zone at Tahbilk Winery to Chinaman’s Bridge.
  • The exemptions apply provided the stated safety controls and undertakings detailed in the application form and associated documentation are adhered to.

Amanda Tingay, Director Community & Planning, Strathbogie Shire Council


PUBLIC NOTICE – DECLARATION OF BOATING ACTIVITY EXEMPTION

Strathbogie Shire Council as the declared waterway manager for the Goulburn River from Hughes Creek to Goulburn Weir, makes the following declaration under section 203(3) of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic).

For the purposes of boating activity conducted by Rowing Victoria, persons and vessels involved in the Rowing Victoria 2023 Lake Nagambie regattas are exempt from the following requirements:

State Rules made under the Marine Act 1988

  1. Clause 2(a) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 metres of a person in the water
  2. Clause 2(c) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 metres of another vessel
  3. Clause 3(b) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 metres of a fixed or floating structure

Waterway Rules made under the Marine Safety Act 2010 / Marine Act 1988

  1. Clause 91.14 of Schedule 91 – exclusive use and special purpose area for unpowered vessels (rowing course area)

Subject to the conditions detailed below:

  • Masters of competing vessels are only exempt from items 2-3 for the duration of the events.
  • Masters of rescue and official vessels are only exempt from items 1-3 when undertaking a rescue operation to retrieve persons in distress, provide for their initial medical or other needs and deliver them to a place of safety on shore.
  • Masters of rescue, event official & support vessels are only exempt from item 4 for the duration of the events.
  • Occupants of powered vessels used in conjunction with the events must wear a personal flotation device at all times.
  • The event is operating under the auspices of Rowing Victoria, including the Rowing Victoria Safety Management Plan, which meets the criteria of Clause 3 of the Exemption Notice made under the Marine Regulations 1999 in respect of the exemption for rowing vessels to not carry or wear a personal flotation device.
  • The exemptions apply for the dates and times as detailed in Table 1, to the persons and vessels registered to participate in the Rowing Victoria regattas on Lake Nagambie
  • The exemptions apply provided the stated safety controls and undertakings detailed in the application form and associated documentation are adhered to.

Table 1

Date Event Times
18-19 February 2023 The Nagambie Regatta 7am – 6pm
3-5 March 2023 RV State Championships
18 March 2023 Scotch Mercantile Regatta
25 March 2023 APS Head of the River
6-7 May 2023 RV Masters State Champs

Amanda Tingay, Director Community & Planning, Strathbogie Shire Council


PUBLIC NOTICE – DECLARATION OF BOATING ACTIVITY EXEMPTION

David Roff, Director Corporate Operations of Strathbogie Shire Council as the declared waterway manager for Goulburn River from Hughes Creek to Goulburn Weir including Lake Nagambie, makes the following declaration under section 203(3) of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic).

For the purposes of boating activity conducted by Nagambie Waterski Club, persons and vessels involved in the Nagambie Waterski Club are exempt from the following requirements:

State Rules made under the Marine Act 1988
  • Clause 2(a) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 meters of a person in the water
  • Clause 2(c) – must not exceed 5 knots within 50 meters of another vessel
Subject to the conditions detailed below:
  • Masters of rescue vessels are only exempt from items 1 to 2 when undertaking a rescue operation to retrieve a person in distress, provide for their initial medical or other needs and delivery them to a place of safety on shore.
  • All participants involved with the event must wear a personal flotation device at all times during the event and vessels must have all prescribed safety equipment, including rescue vessels.
  • Should vessels not involved in the event enter the competition area, the event must be stopped until the unauthorised vessel or person has moved outside of the area.
  • The exemptions apply from 8am to 5pm on 4 December 2021, 8 January 2022, 29 January 2022, 19 February 2022 and 5 March 2022to the persons and vessels registered to participate in the Nagambie Water Ski Club events on the Goulburn River within the exclusion zone – waters of the Goulburn River from the downstream boundary of the 5 knot zone at Tahbilk to Sandy Creek.
  • The exemptions apply provided the stated safety controls and undertakings detailed in the application form and associated documentation are adhered to.

David Roff, Director Corporate Operations

Strathbogie Shire Council

Boating and Fishing