Laanecoorie Reservoir Recreation Guide


Things to do


The Loddon River is home to many varieties of fish, including Redfin and Carp. The reservoir is also regularly stocked with Golden Perch and Brown Trout, meaning there is always a healthy supply. You can try your luck for Murray Cod in shallow areas.

Handy hint: try fishing for Murray Cod at night with surface lures.

For the latest information on fishing in Victoria, contact Fisheries Victoria on 136 186, and don’t forget your Recreational Fishing Licence!


The Laancoorie Lakeside Park is set on 45 acres of natural bush setting that is home to a large range of native wildlife. Activities available at the park include fishing, cycling, waterskiing, canoeing, gold prospecting and bush walking. 


Laanecoorie is a popular spot for power boating, jet skiing, rowing and canoeing.

The southern end of the reservoir is often quite shallow with aquatic water weed so a speed limit of 5 knots applies. High speed boating is allowed at the northern end of the reservoir. 

Vessels can be launched from public boat ramps around the reservoir (see map).

Wild duck hunting is also a popular activity on Laanecoorie Reservoir during the declared duck hunting season, generally from mid-March to early June.

A 5 knot speed limit applies at any level within 50 metres of the water's edge; other vessels, navigation aids, swimmers and fixed or floating structures; and within 100 metres of vessels displaying a dive flag.

Keep a lookout at all times for hazards and other vessels.

Refer to the Victorian Recreational Boating Safety Handbook at the transport Victoria website.

Water levels

GMW's customers use the water in our storages to produce food and fibre, supply towns and businesses, and protect and improve waterway health.

In dry conditions the reservoir may have very low inflows. At the same time, customers will need more water and as a result the water level of Laanecoorie Reservoir may decrease. 

The reservoir can still be enjoyed, but reduced water levels mean that you need to stay vigilant about your safety and the safety of others in your care.

Find out more about  current water level information.

Blue-Green algae

At times, the level of blue-green algae in storages can exceed safe limits. When this happens you should avoid direct contact with the water as the algae can cause;

  • skin rashes
  • itchiness
  • sore eyes, ears and nose
  • nausea.

If unsafe levels occur, warning signs will be positioned at major recreational areas.

Online Blue-green algae warnings are available or by calling the 24 hour GMW blue-green algae hotline on (03) 5826 3785.

About Laanecoorie Reservoir

Located about 40km south-west of Bendigo and just 26 km north-west of the historic gold mining village of Maldon, Lancoorie Reservoir offers a peaceful retreat for visitors in the beautiful Loddon Valley where visitors can enjoy fishing, bushwalking and fossicking for gold. 

The reservoir is a popular spot for fishing, boating and waterskiing and is only a short drive from the historic towns of Dunolly, Tarnagulla, Waanyarra, Newbridge and Eddington. 

Laancoorie Reservoir is one of 23 lakes, storages and weirs managed by GMW to capture, store and deliver 70% of Victoria's stored water across a region about the same size as Tasmania.


Facilities along the reservoir's foreshore include the popular Laanecoorie Lakeside Park, picnic areas with electric barbecues, and public boat ramps.


GMW’s lakes, dams and reservoirs are ideal places for events. Find out more about hosting an event at one of our storages.

Don't forget your Water Smarts

Caring for Laanecoorie Reservoir

Laanecoorie Reservoir is a beautiful natural resource. You can help care for the reservoir so it can be enjoyed now and into the future.

  • camping and campfires are prohibited in GMW reserves and on foreshore and lakebed areas
  • electric barbecues are available at some reserves (see map below)
  • refer to your local council for landfill services and consider the environment when disposing of your litter. Penalties apply for illegal dumping of rubbish
  • don’t take plants from the foreshore, or bring any in
  • don’t feed the animals or wildlife, or interfere with their habitats
  • boat wash can cause erosion, keep to 5 knots within 50 metres of the water’s edge
  • vehicles and trail bikes are only allowed on public roads within the reserve
  • all vehicles and trail bikes must be registered and users must be licenced
  • keep the waterway healthy by not using soap, toothpaste or detergent in the lake
  • dogs must be on a lead and/or under control at all times and aren’t allowed in the lake. Please clean up after your pets.

Review GMW’s recreational by-law 

Staying safe

Local boating rules are posted at all public boat ramps.

  1. Launching and retrieving vessels must occur from the designated boat ramp/s.
  2. To avoid congestion, complete any preparation prior to launching, or when returning from the water, away from the ramp.
  3. Parking is only permitted in designated areas.
  4. Ensure all safety equipment is on the vessel and operational, and that lifejackets are always worn.
  5. Be aware and comply with all waterway vessel operating zones.
  6. Always keep a lookout for waterway hazards and operate your vessel in line with weather and waterway conditions.
  7. Ensure no one is in or on the vessel when moving to and from the ramp.
  8. Shade structures are not permitted within 50 metres of either side of boat ramps.
  9. Stay clear of dam infrastructure.

Facilities Map

 Detailed map of the facilities at the Laancoorie Reservoir

Please Remember

  • No campling or fires allowed on GMW foreshore land.
  • Confine vehicles and motor bikes to formed public roads.
  • Take your rubbish home.