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

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.

Recreational activities can be, by their nature, inherently dangerous. Accordingly we require everyone visiting to our land and waterways to take responsibility for their safety, and the safety of others. Information on this website, and onsite signage, is provided to alert you to some of the hazards you may face.

Please be aware that in visiting our land and waterways you do so accepting responsibility:
  • to appropriately manage obvious risks that exist in your chosen recreational activity;
  • to ensure that you are properly equipped and have the levels of skill and ability required for your chosen activity;
  • to seek information and advice from Hydro Tasmania, or other relevant bodies, on local conditions and hazards (for example weather, water levels, fire alerts); and
  • to observe and comply with warnings, regulations, conditions of entry, and consider safety information and advice provided.

We also ask that you respect and protect the environment, and help us ensure sustainable management for today and for future generations.  

The following information will help you plan your visit, whether you’re heading out for a day of activity or a longer camping holiday.

Download a copy of our outdoor activities brochure here

Have a great time and stay safe.

Information for visitors

  • Boating

  • Camping

  • Crime

  • Dogs

  • Drones

  • Emergencies

  • Exclusion zones

  • Horse riding

  • Hunting

  • Litter and waste removal

  • Parking

  • Snakes

  • Swimming

  • Toilets

  • Trail bikes

  • Water based recreation

  • Water-skiing

  • Wood collection

Safety 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.

Be safe around hydropower

  • Regulations and requirements on lakes and waterways

  • Water releases

Alerts for visitors

Site closures, or access restricted, due to maintenance.

Alerts for visitors

  • Poatina permanent boil water alert

  • Gowrie Park permanent do not consume water alert

  • Closure of Bailey bridge

  • Road closure - Patons Road from 12 December

  • Lake Echo Road - intermittent closure

  • Dee Lagoon Spillway Bay hazard

The following activities are still affected

  • Trout fishing - Please check the IFS website for details on places where you can still cast a line.

Temporarily closed facilities and sites

  • Lake Margaret Power Station tours
  • Trevallyn Power Station tours
For all other sites, please get in touch with the appropriate land manager:

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.