Cairn Curran Reservoir

Recreational Facilities

Large Grassed Area Car Parking Boat Ramp Fishing Camping Playground Equipment BBQ Toilets

Facts & Figures

Name Cairn Curran Reservoir
Stream Loddon River
Year of Completion 1956
Construction Earth and Rockfill
Full Supply Level 208.46 m AHD
Capacity 147,130 ML
Area Submerged 1,943 ha
Main Embankment Length 656 m
Main Embankment Height 44 m
Hydro-electric Generation 2.0 MW

News and Announcements

Cairn Curran draft LOWMP thumbnailThe Cairn Curran Land and On-Water Management Plan 2013 is now available.

To download the plan click on the image. The objectives of the plan focus on what people value, use and enjoy at the storage. The plan has a series of recommendations and guidelines for implementation.



You can provide feedback on the Cairn Curran draft Land and On-Water Management Plan by filling in the feedback form and submitting before Friday 8 February 2013


Cairn Curran Reserve Masterplan 

Cairn Curran Reserves Master Plan [4.58 MB]




About Cairn Curran Reservoir

Cairn Curran


Cairn Curran Reservoir is located on the Loddon River, about 10 km west of Maldon.


Cairn Curran Reservoir was constructed between 1947 and 1956. The storage has a primary spillway, and a secondary spillway situated 2 km south‑west of the main structure that will spill before the embankment is overtopped.

A 2 MW Hydro-electric power station generates electricity when irrigation and flood releases are being made.


Cairn Curran Reservoir was constructed to supply water for irrigation and domestic and stock use to customers along the Loddon River.

Supplements to the Goulburn supply system are available when resources are abundant.


Recreation and Tourism at Cairn Curran Reservoir

Facilities Available

Large Grassed Area Large Grassed Area
Car Parking Car Parking
Boat Ramp Boat Ramp
Playground Equipment Playground Equipment
Fishing Fishing
Camping Camping
Toilets Toilets
Please observe all signs and directions around our storages for information on recreational activities. Refer to the Land and On-Water Management Plan (if provided above) for detailed information on the facilities available.

Further Information

A wide range of recreational activities are permitted at Cairn Curran Reservoir.  These include boating (power and sail), skiing, fishing, swimming, wind surfing, jet skiing and canoeing.

The recreational facilities available include picnic areas, toilet facilities, boat ramps, electric and wood barbeques, rubbish bins and shelters.  There are two Caravan Parks that rely on this storage for their patronage.

Operating levels have been introduced at Cairn Curran Reservoir that best reflect the need to adjust the boat zoning rules as required in the interests of public safety.

The operating levels are as follows:

Click on the map to open a larger version

LEVEL 1        When the storage level is above 200.00mAHD (28% capacity) normal boat zoning
                       rules apply.

Cairn Curran Boating guide Level 2


LEVEL 2        When the storage level is between 199.99 mAHD (28% capacity) and 196.00mAHD
                      (13% capacity) the following rules will apply:

                       * All operators must observe all the buoyed boating zones

                       * Operation of all vessels at a speed above five knots is restricted to the open
                          waters known as Tower Bay.

 Cairn Curran Boating guide Level 2


LEVEL 3        When the storage level falls below 196.00mAHD (13% capacity) the reservoir will
                       be closed to all vessels operating at a speed in excess of five knots.

Cairn Curran Boating guide Level 3


Cairn Curran Recreation Guide and Map

Cairn Curran Recreation Guide thumbnail          Cairn Curran Map

All visitors are asked to be aware of the dangers associated with low water levels and exercise caution.

All recreation areas and toilet facilities are accessible to the public, except the Spillway recreation area, which has no water.  As the season progresses, it may become increasingly difficult to provide access to recreation areas and toilet facilities if we are unable to supply water to them.

For more information on Cairn Curran Reservoir please call the information line on  5435 7240.

Caravan Parks

Welshman's Reef Caravan Park

Contact - caretakers - (03) 54762378

Fishermans Road, near Welshman's Reef township