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Boating

Inland Fisheries Service is responsible for making rules about fishing from a boat, whereas Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) regulates the use of boats on inland waters and Parks and Wildlife Service regulates boating in National Parks and World Heritage Areas.

Inland Fisheries Service is responsible for making rules about fishing from a boat, whereas Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) regulates the use of boats on inland waters and Parks and Wildlife Service regulates boating in National Parks and World Heritage Areas.

Boating in the World Heritage Area and National Parks

In the World Heritage Area (WHA), motorised boating is restricted to lakes Pedder, Augusta, St ClairMackenzie, Ada, Pillans and Julian, and Double Lagoon and Gordon River. Motorised boating (including electric motors) is prohibited on all other waters in the Western Lakes region and WHA.

Fishing From a Boat

Specific regulations governing fishing from a boat include the following:

  • Fishing from a boat within 100 m of an angler fishing from the shore is prohibited unless the boat is securely moored
  • A boat must only be rowed whilst fishing at lakes Lea, Bantic, Garcia, Bellinger, Ashford and Ada Lagoon
  • Fishing from a boat is not allowed at Lake Leake or weirs 1 and 3 at Brumbys Creek whilst using a petrol outboard motor
  • Fishing from a boat is prohibited in lakes Botsford, Dudley and Carter, Howes Bay Lagoon, East Rocky and Rocky lagoons, Pet Dam, Guide Reservoir, and above the uppermost weir at Brumbys Creek and its tributaries
  • At Penstock and Little Pine lagoons, trolling of flies from a boat is not permitted
  • At Curries River Reservoir, only a boat rowed or powered by an electric outboard motor can be used when either fishing or travelling
  • A person must not use a boat to drop a lure or bait offshore and then return to shore to fish with that lure or bait.

The Service strongly recommends that boating anglers row or use electric outboard motors only at Penstock Lagoon when travelling or fishing. This is to help reduce the impact on the aquatic environment due to increased angling pressure and boating in recent years.

Speed Limits

Speed limits exist for recreational vessels in Tasmania and on-the-spot fines can be issued to offenders. In general, no boat should exceed 5 knots within 60 metres of a wharf, jetty, mooring, the shoreline or other boat, or within 120 metres of a person swimming, diving or wading in the water. Queries about speed and other boating regulations should be referred to MAST on (03) 6233 8801.

There are also a number of designated areas around the State where a speed limit of 5 knots exists. These include the following inland waters:

  • River Derwent – from the New Norfolk Bridge downstream approximately 900 metres to an imaginary line drawn from the Western side of the boat launching ramp on the southern shore to a point on the Northern shore marked by a rectangular warning sign
  • South Esk River – including waters west of Kings Park, waters bounded on the south by the weir situated on the northern side of the Perth Bridge and on the north by the Perth Water Supply Pumping Station, and waters bounded on the south by the convergence of the South Esk and Macquarie Rivers and on the north by the Mill Dam
  • Lake Barrington - within 60 metres of the southern extremity of the launching ramp at Kentish Park
  • Trevallyn Power Station Tailrace - to the west of an imaginary line drawn north west from No. 3 light
  • Four Springs Lake
  • Arthurs Lake - Waters of Cowpaddock Bay north of the transmission lines
  • Penstock Lagoon
  • Little Pine Lagoon
  • Bradys Lake/Lake Binney - waters of Bradys/Binney Canal
  • Lake Binney/Tungatinah Lagoon - waters of the Binney/Tungatinah Canal
  • Mossy Marsh
  • Pump Pond
  • Shannon Lagoon
  • Huntsman Lake