Reason: Blue-Green Algae
Regular testing has detected levels of blue-green algae above levels considered safe for recreation use at Taylors Lake.
We warn the public to avoid direct contact with the water. People may still boat, sightsee and enjoy other activities at the lake that do not involve direct water contact.
Warning signs have been positioned at major recreational areas around the lake and will remain in place while the warning is current.
Taylors Lake is an off-stream reservoir and a reliable water source for the region. Sitting 20 km south-east of Horsham, it's supplied from upstream storage within the Wimmera-Glenelg headworks. The nearby Potters Creek also serves as a small natural catchment.
The lake has an important role in supplying environmental water to the Wimmera River. It's also very popular with Horsham locals for recreation, especially camping, fishing and water skiing. When other lakes are dry, Taylors Lake will often still have water to enjoy.
- is permitted in the Western Camping Area
- no camping within 20 metres of the water's edge (lake side of track) for wate quality protection
- do not construct or use a pit toilet. Toilets are located at the eastern and western boat ramps
- long-term camping (8+ weeks) must be approved by our Patrol Officer
- camping under trees is not advised as branches and limbs may fall
- camp away from other visitors at established camp grounds if camping with dogs
- check CFA website or Vic Emergency App for up-to-date information
- permitted in properly constructed fireplaces in line with Country Fire Authority's warnings and restrictions https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/can
- fire must be completely extinguished with water, not soil, before the last person leaves
- bring your own firewood
- fallen timber and trees are protected and must not be cut down
- must be within 10 metres of the owner's tent and closer to the owner's tent than anyone else’s
- don't put them in long grass as they can start fires!
- refer to Country Fire Authority 'chainsaws, lawn mowers and other equipment' conditions during fire season https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/can
- must keep to the obvious tracks
- not permitted on the beach or sand dunes
- speed limit 10 km/h within Taylors Lake reserve area
- no unregistered motor vehicles including trail bikes
- designated boat ramps must be used
- duck shooting permitted during duck season only
- no shooting zone near the dam wall operational area
- camping at the South-Eastern Area is permitted one week prior to and during duck season
- must be under control at all times and tied up at night
- to be kept on a leash in picnic and camping areas or when near other visitors
- bring own bag to remove any faeces deposited by your dog
- must not enter the water, excluding duck season for the retrieval of ducks
- are not permitted in the reserve
- are not permitted inside the recreation area
The boating authority for Taylors Lake is GWMWater.
We've developed plans to improve the recreational use of Taylors Lake.
See what's planned.
Taylors Lake Recreational Facilities Management Plan (1.4MB, 32 pages)
Taylors Lake - Future Use Plan (3.7MB)
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