On The Water
There are no access or launching fees required to be paid at the boat ramps located at:
- Opposite Forest Street
- St Patrick’s Point
- Yacht Club Precinct
- Durham Point
You will find a limited number of trailer parking bays at these sites. Additional trailers should be parked within the parking areas on Wendouree Parade after launching.
All powered vessels must adhere to a 5-knot speed limit (which is walking pace). Exemptions apply only to boats utilised by the rowing coaches and event officials accompanying row boats.
All Marine Safety Regulations apply for Lake Wendouree.
All boat operators must hold a current boating licence.
Canoes, Kayaks and Sail Boards (Also See Rowing)
These can be launched from the water’s edge, jetties and moorings around the foreshore, however vehicle access is restricted to the roadways and constructed car parking bays provided.
As the whole of the lake surface is shared use, please observe protocols for giving way to other vessels and users whilst also observing fishermen’s lines.
Due to the areas of deep sediments, submerged aquatic plants, rocks and sharp / slippery surfaces, please ensure you have adequate buoyancy vests and footwear on at all times.
There are regular sailing regattas and training programs conducted across the lake. These programs are based from the Ballarat Yacht Club and there are targeted areas of the lake that have been especially prepared for the sail boats so they have clearance of their keels. This is achieved through regular harvesting of the aquatic weeds. Other areas may be restrictive to sail boats.
Swimming is not allowed on Lake Wendouree due to the many hazards present. The only exception is events sanctioned by Council, EPA and Department of Health.