Hydro Tasmania is responsible for managing some of Tasmania’s most beautiful locations. 

Stay safe around hydropower

At Hydro Tasmania we generate clean renewable electricity using large volumes of rapidly moving water and it can be incredibly dangerous around our generation sites.

Even when the water looks calm, without warning conditions can change in a matter of seconds and it can be a drowning hazard.

People using our lakes should always be aware they may be upstream of spillways, power station intakes and weirs. In these areas recreational users could potentially be drawn towards intakes and outlets, or be trapped by accelerating water.

Downstream of a power station, or at outflows, our operations can cause water levels to change rapidly. This can cause turbulent, high speed flows which could catch lake or river users unawares placing them in significant danger.

The most dangerous areas have been designated as exclusion zones under our Public Safety Management Standard. They are clearly signed and can be found on our website here.

We encourage people to enjoy our waterways but urge you to keep safety front of mind at all times and be aware of these hazards:

  • Rapidly changing water levels
  • Strong currents and turbulent flows
  • Flash flooding
  • Slippery banks beside lakes and lagoons
  • Floating debris
  • Submerged objects below the surface
  • Other water users including fishers, skiers and paddlers

It is critical that you follow all rules, regulations and warnings and keep out of exclusion zones. Your safety is our priority.

+ Exclusion zones - prohibited for powered and non-powered navigation

Most of our lakes and waterways are operational assets for generating renewable energy. This means that water levels and flows can change very rapidly and there are areas where swimming, boating, paddling and public access is prohibited. These areas are called exclusion zones, and are in place to ensure the safety of visitors and Hydro Tasmania personnel, and to provide sustainable management of the waterway and its surrounds.  

Marine and Safety Tasmania regulates the use of motorised and non-motorised craft on our waterways. Information about areas prohibited for navigation and a  notice to mariners is available on MAST’s website.    

Signs are in place to indicate the exclusion zones and any other dangerous conditions or warnings. You will see this information outlined on boat ramp signs, as well as on exclusion zone warning signs. It is important that everyone using our lakes and waterways recognises and avoids the dangers of moving water in these areas.  

+ Regulations and requirements on lakes and waterways

In addition to exclusion zones, there are regulations and requirements that must be adhered to when you’re using our land and waterways. These include wearing a life vest when on the water, complying with boat speed limits and not swimming within 20 metres of a boat ramp.  

When you visit our lakes or lagoons please ensure you check the onsite signage for these requirements, and stay alert at all times. The requirements are also outlined on our interactive web map.

+ Water releases

We rely on water to generate electricity, but we also manage this shared resource to balance the need for irrigation, town water supply, aquaculture, recreation, aesthetics, and biodiversity. We look to accommodate complementary use of the water that we manage, where it’s appropriate to do so, and where it does not adversely impact on hydro-generation activities.

Visit our water releases page for more information on how to request a special water release or lake levels.

Information for visitors

Hydro Tasmania is responsible for managing some of Tasmania’s most beautiful locations. Our land and waterways cover approximately 120,000 hectares, including about 13,000 hectares in Tasmania’s iconic Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA), making us the largest water manager in Australia.

We welcome visitors and encourage you to enjoy fishing, camping, kayaking, canoeing, boating, water-skiing, bushwalking and other activities. 

We require everyone visiting our land and waterways to take responsibility for their safety, and the safety of others. We also ask that you respect and protect the environment, and help us ensure sustainable management for today and for future generations.  

This information will help you plan your visit, whether you’re heading out for a day of activity or a longer camping holiday. Please ensure you adhere to these requirements, and any warnings and regulations outlined at our various sites, including those on signs at boat ramps and camp grounds. 

Download a copy of our outdoor activities brochure here

Have a great time and stay safe.


Camping is permitted at some sites owned and managed by Hydro Tasmania. You can find details of these sites here.

  • For stay durations please refer to the individual campground site location on Find a Site. Smaller campgrounds, sites without amenities and sites with environmental vulnerabilities are only available for shorter stays. This may be for a maximum of 7 days or 14 days.  

  • Where a duration is not stated, camping is allowed for a maximum of 28 days at each site.  

  • Everyone camping at Hydro Tasmania sites including visitors in caravans, campervans and motor homes must be self-sufficient with their own toilet facilities and water. 

  • Caravans, campervans and motor homes must utilise authorised effluent disposal stations 

  • Campfires are not permitted unless otherwise stated at the site. To help reduce the risk of bush fires you must ensure fires are contained and never left unattended. Please use fuel stoves where possible.

  • Remember campfire safety - Soak it. Stir it. Soak it again. Make sure your campfire is out.

  • Additional restrictions to campfires may apply in times of fire permit periods and total fire bans, and you should refer to the Tasmanian Fire Service website for further information.


To report a crime you have witnessed on Hydro Tasmania land please contact BushWatch on 131444. 


We welcome dogs on most of our land, as long as they are on a lead or under effective control. There are some exceptions to this, where our land is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA). In these areas, the TWWHA regulations apply and you should check the onsite signage.

+Use of drones

Recreational use of drones in or over Hydro Tasmania’s land and assets is not advised. 

All proposed drone use for commercial filming or to support media, scientific, management or education purposes requires approval from Hydro Tasmania, and an application form  must be submitted. Read more about drone use on Hydro Tasmania land.


In the event of an emergency please dial 000.

+Horse riding

Horse riding on our land is only permitted where there is a designated riding trail.

Information on horse riding trails can be found some local websites, and also on Discover Tasmania

+Hunting and firearms

Carrying firearms on our land
We are able to issue licences to allow a person to carry a firearm across our land if they need to access adjoining land to hunt. If you wish to carry a firearm across our land, you must complete an application form available to download here. When on our land, you may be required to provide evidence that you have permission to be hunting on adjoining land. Please remember it is illegal to carry a firearm on our land without our permission.

We reserve the right to prohibit use of firearms on our land and lakes where the safety of our employees, the public or our infrastructure assets may be compromised, and to limit damage to environmental values of particular areas.

Deer hunting
In collaboration with Parks and Wildlife Services and Game Services Tasmania, the sections of our land available for deer hunting is now allocated to hunters as part of the Public Land Deer Hunting Ballot. For more details, visit DPIPWE, and all enquiries should be direct to deerballot@dpipwe.tas.gov.au or by phoning (03) 6777 2087.

Duck hunting
We only permit duck hunting on some of our waterways, and only if you hold a licence issued by us.

Individual licences are not issued for duck hunting. We only issue licences to hunting associations to allow their members to hunt. To complete an Association licence application form download here.

+Litter and waste removal

Littering is not permitted on any Hydro Tasmania land or waterway. Please respect the environment and ensure you remove all rubbish with you when you leave.  

To report littering, you can contact the Litter Hotline on 1300 135 513 (Service Tasmania).


Tasmania has three species of land snake: tiger snake, lowland copperhead and the white-lipped snake. All three species are capable of injecting venom and deserve our healthy respect, however be aware that Tasmanian snakes are unlikely to attack people unless they feel trapped or threatened. All three species are protected, so please do not harm them.

Snakes do not have ears, and cannot hear sound. They detect sound by sensing vibrations passing through the ground.

Bites on the lower legs or feet can be the result of stepping on a snake. This can occur when stepping over a log where a snake is basking on the sunlit side. Walkers should wear good walking boots and be aware of where they place their feet. If you encounter a snake you should avoid any sudden movements and move away slowly and quietly. The snake will usually leave as quickly as it can.


Most Hydro Tasmania land used for recreational activity does not have toilet facilities. Visitors must practice minimal impact camping. This means bringing your own portable toilets, or burying toilet waste at least 100 metres away from the water, campground and tracks in a hole 15 cm or more deep. Cover and disguise the hole when finished. Please do not bury sanitary items - these must be carried out with you.

Caravans, campervans, motor homes and portable toilets must be emptied in authorised effluent disposal stations.

+Trail bikes

Trail bike riding on our land is only permitted where there is a designated trail. Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania produces an online booklet called Ride Around Tasmania that provides information on all tracks available for vehicles with full and restricted registration.

+Water based recreation

Please contact Marine and Safety Tasmania to report unsafe and non-compliant water craft behaviour.

+ Water-skiing

Hydro Tasmania has four lakes where water-skiing is a permitted, and popular, activity. These are Lake Trevallyn, Meadowbank Lake, Lake Rosebery and Lake Barrington. You can find out more information about these lakes on our interactive web map.

+Wood collection

Cutting or collecting wood is not permitted on any Hydro Tasmania land.

The visitor information and safety guidelines set out on this page form the conditions of entry to Hydro Tasmania's recreational sites.   Any person who does not comply with the relevant conditions will be trespassing and Hydro Tasmania will pursue prosecution.

Disclaimer: Hydro Tasmania constantly reviews our sites and facilities for safety and maintenance. We reserve the right to temporarily or permanently close any site or facility at any given time without notice.  

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