Blue-green algae levels
To protect visitors from exposure to blue-green algae toxins, some water-based recreation activities are restricted when algae levels indicate a potential health risk.
It may be necessary to limit water-based activities for weeks or sometimes months until blue-green algae levels return to acceptable limits.
At times, we may still close lakes to all on-water recreation for other reasons such as severe weather. Plan ahead and check our recreation and safety notices before you leave home.
For more information about blue-green algae and how we manage recreational access to keep you safe:
Blue-green algae alert levels
Involves water contact activities where the whole body, face and/or trunk is frequently immersed; or where the face is frequently being sprayed; or where it is likely that some water will be swallowed, inhaled, or come into contact with ears, eyes, mouth and nose or cuts in the skin (e.g. swimming, water skiing, jet skiing and tubing).
Involves incidental water contact activities in which only the limbs are regularly wet, and greater contact with water (including swallowing) is unusual (e.g. boating, fishing, rowing, kayaking or canoeing with no intent to capsize or submerge). There may be the occasional and inadvertent immersion through accidents. (e.g. slipping into the water, accidentally capsizing from a rowing or sailing craft).