Rowing regatta on Lake Barrington, image courtesy of Robert Prescott

North West

Hydro Tasmania’s operations in this region began in 1963 when the Mersey-Forth scheme was approved by Parliament. An area rich with high rainfall and steep terrain, this part of the North West is well suited to hydropower generation. Eight power stations and seven lakes are in operation here, with a generating capacity of approximately 340 MW which provides almost 16% of Tasmania’s power needs.

The waterways and land in the Mersey-Forth catchment  are popular sites for outdoor recreation for visitors from all around the world. Lake Barrington, constructed in 1969, is home to an international rowing course and is also used for water-skiing, kayaking and canoeing.

White water courses for kayaking and canoeing are located between lakes Rowallan and Parangana, downstream of Lake Paloona and the Fisher River below Fisher Power Station. Lake Cethana is a popular spot for deep water diving.

The lakes in this region are valued for their fishing and provide a range of angling experiences from shore-based polaroiding through to boat-based trolling. The upper Mersey River has been rated as a ‘premium river fishery’ for Brown Trout and the Forth River is also popular for trout fishing.

Outdoor activity sites and amenities in the North West

Lake Barrington has four boat ramps located at Kentish Park, Lake Barrington Park and at the rowing course. If visiting the lake please be aware that new exclusion zone buoys have been installed at Devils Gate Dam on Lake Barrington in September 2018, ahead of major refurbishment to the power station. For your own safety and the safety of our workers, please obey all exclusion zone signs and buoys. 

Kentish Council manages the Kentish Park and Lake Barrington Park camp grounds.

The nearby lookout and picnic area at Devils Gate Dam provide a spectacular view for visitors enjoying a lunch stop, as well as a short walking track to the unique double curvature concrete arch dam wall.

Boat ramps are available at Lake Rowallan, Lake Mackenzie, Lake Parangana and Lake Cethana.

There is a boat ramp at Lake Gairdner and also an informal camp ground. The camp ground has no facilities or amenities and is suitable for self-sufficient visitors only.    

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