Administration of the lake is governed by the Lakes Ordinance 1976. The NCA administers powerboats, moorings, major events, abstraction of water for irrigation, and various other matters associated with use of the lake.
The NCA concentrates on protecting the quality of the water and promoting greater and more diverse use of the lake. Lake Burley Griffin and Scrivener Dam are managed and maintained through service delivery contracts.
Water body, jetties, and other lake infrastructure are routinely cleaned and repaired to ensure safe use and function. The cleaning includes the removal of floating and submerged objects, and hazardous materials such as oil and grease. During the cleaning process care is taken for the protection of injured birds and animals.
The environmental state of the lake is monitored through physical, chemical, and biological testing of the lake water. These parameters are measured across the lake and analysed to identify any change and, if required, appropriate management responses are proposed. Bacterial levels are monitored weekly in the summer months and analysed and reported on in accordance with the ACT Guidelines for Recreational Water Quality [External Link] (ACT Health, 2010), weekly lake reports.
There are lots of things to see and do around the Lake, why not take a walking tour and download the brochure below.
A licensing and charging scheme for the abstraction of water for irrigation was introduced on 1 July 2001. This is in accord with the reforms to water management in Australia under the 1994 Council of Australian Governments agreement.
The NCA also administers powerboats, moorings, major events and various other matters associated with use of the lake. For more information view the Lake Burley Griffin Recreational Policy.
The Authority's fish management program comprises of biennial monitoring of the fish population and the stocking of the lake with fish of selected species. The objective is to maintain a balanced ecosystem containing native predatory species such as Murray Cod and Golden Perch and a mixed recreational fishery. Over the years, the Authority has been stocking with different fish species.
- For more information visit the Department of the Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water [external link]
- Click here to view the Lake Burley Griffin Fisheries Survey 2012 (PDF - 2.6Mb)
Aquatic plants control program
Part of the lake maintenance includes monitoring of the growth of submerged and emergent aquatic plants. Aquatic plants, though serving an important role in the lake's ecology, can interfere with recreational activities. The Authority monitors and controls excessive plant growth in the lake.
Under this program, the excessive growth of the plants are controlled by harvesting materials from selected recreational areas such as Yarramundi rowing course, swimming areas, and boat launching areas and mooring areas. This is normally carried out in early summer months with the harvested weed removed to avoid impacting on water quality.
Lake Burley Griffin Depths Map
Lake Ginninderra, Lake Tuggeranong and Molonglo River
Lake Ginninderra, Lake Tuggeranong and Molonglo River is managed by ACT Government, please call 13 22 81 for further details.
Water Quality Management
Lake Burley Griffin (the Lake) is generally regarded as ornamental/recreational waters. The use of the Lake is promoted in a sustainable manner protecting and enhancing its character and quality.
The Authority manages a comprehensive water quality program to monitor the environmental status of the Lake and to advise the users regarding changes in the water quality conditions arising from floods, droughts, elevated bacterial, and algae conditions.
The Authority's Water Quality Program has three components.
- Routine testing of physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of the water from mid stream samples. Samples are taken in eight months of the year and cover the whole body of the Lake. The results are reported annually giving the overall environmental status of the Lake.
- Microbiological monitoring on recreational beaches. Samples are taken weekly in summer months in five primary and three secondary contact sites. The results are reported weekly with actions arising from elevated bacterial levels taken as appropriate. The bacterial levels are monitored weekly in summer months and analysed and reported in accordance with the National Water Quality Guidelines and ACT Guidelines for Recreational Water Quality [External Link] (ACT Health 2010).
- Algae monitoring program. Visual weekly inspections are undertaken with samples taken on monthly basis. During the summer recreation season, samples are taken weekly at designated beach sites. This is part of ACT wide program based on visual inspection and testing as required with appropriate actions undertaken as necessary.
Lake Burley Griffin and Surrounding Parklands
Lake Burley Griffin is Canberra's centerpiece and a significant number of national institutions and national public places are located on or near its shores.
The lake and surrounding areas are used for a wide range of recreational activities. There are lovely parks for picnics and areas for swimming as well as walking tracks and cycling paths. The lake is a busy waterway with rowing, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, dragon boating, fishing, model boating and paddle boating being just some of the activities available. There are a number of clubs and associations organising activities on and around the lake.
Around the lake there are many services available including boat and bike hire, lake cruises and ferry services. There are also cafés and restaurants around the lake where you can relax and take in the view.
Lake User Group Record of Meetings
A Record of the Lake User Group can be found below. For copies of previous meetings, please contact the NCA.