Canberra has an abundance of freshwater lakes suitable for aquatic recreation. There are no sharks here!
Hire canoes being launched on to Lake Burley Griffin at Aspen Island in front of the Carillon.

If you sail, row, paddle, fish or swim Canberra is an ideal place for a weekend adventure. The territory has watercourses including Lake Burley Griffin, Lake Ginninderra and Lake Tuggeranong as well as the Molonglo and Murrumbidgee Rivers. There is ample place to enjoy water-based recreation pursuits. Nearby are the NSW reservoirs of Googong Dam and Lake Burrinjuck, plus extensive lakes in the Snowy Mountains.

Water quality is good and there are numerous safe areas clearly designated for swimming, family enjoyment and recreation. Use of powered watercraft is restricted to certain areas and native fish are regularly re-stocked to maintain a healthy ecosystem and biodiversity.

Lake Burley Griffin is the ideal water playground; there’s no better way to experience the nation's capital than at play on its central lake.

Book one of the many cruises available. Hire a canoe, kayaks or paddle boats and explore West Basin at your leisure. Hire a boat from the Canberra Yacht Club or Lake Burley Griffin Boat Hire. Choose anything from trailer sailers to family dinghies. 

Lake Ginninderra and Lake Tuggeranong are also ideal for water recreation. Extensive parks and cycle ways, cafes and restaurants surround both of these lakes.

The Murrumbidgee and Molonglo Rivers offer beautiful river corridor nature reserves with abundant wildlife ideal for walking, bird watching, swimming and paddling.

Recreational fishing in Canberra and in public waters of the ACT does not require a licence, but you must comply with the Fisheries Act 2000, which aims to manage fish populations.

Fishing in public waterways of the Australian Capital Territory is based on prohibited waters, open waters and trout waters.

For full details of where you may fish, protected fish species in the ACT, bag limits and other fishing regulations please consult the Environment and Sustainable Development website.