Lake Wendouree has a 5 knot speed limit across the entire lake for public and boating safety. Please adhere to this regulation at all times.
Ballarat: Home to world class rowing
Lake Wendouree’s prestigious world renowned reputation was established with the hosting of the 1956 Summer Olympics rowing events. The lake has been restored to its former glory, following recent years of drought, and has successfully hosted premier state and national regattas.
The 2000m rowing course, dredged to 2.1m in depth, supports distance rowing and is ideal for rowing camps and competitions. Ballarat is home to a strong local rowing fraternity with three thriving clubs, including the 150-year-old Wendouree Rowing Club, and six local schools keeping alive the city’s proud rowing tradition.
New permanent water sources ensure Lake Wendouree will continue to be a world-class rowing course, with water levels carefully managed and maintained at primary quality.
Spectators enjoy spectacular views from four foreshore extensions, with excellent vantage points of the last 150m of the course and the finish line. There is a large uncongested lake area for transit to start, warm up & cool down. Purpose-built land infrastructure with large,naturally shaded boat park area.
A 20m break in buoy line at approximately 250m &1750m (established paddle boat crossing) as indicated by yellow channel markers are the ONLY official course crossing zones for crews wanting to row the circular pattern. (Distance training)
CREWS USING THE CIRCULAR TRAINING PATTERN MUST GIVE WAY AT CROSSING POINTS TO CREWS ROWING ON THE BUOYED COURSE ONE DIRECTION 2000M START - FINISH
Crews and coaches must be 50m from the shore at all times. This is particularly important in areas where land based fishing may occur.
Crews are not permitted to sit at the finish line. They must move to the launching pontoon bay immediately after completing the rowing course or return to the start as indicated.