Lysterfield Lake


Lysterfield Lake

Lysterfield Park

Lysterfield Lake is very popular for canoeing, kayaking and sailing.

Lysterfield Lake also offers two beaches suitable for walk in swimming access both located near Beach Carpark at the southern end of the lake. The lake is not patrolled by lifeguards and children should be supervised at all times. Due to unpredictable depths and waterbird habitat, swimming is not permitted elsewhere in the lake. The boat ramp allows access for sailing, canoeing, and stand up paddle boarding (no powered vessels allowed).

There is lots to explore on the large lake. Go canoeing or kayaking to view waterbirds and habitat that can't be seen from land. On a calm day, the lake is a perfect place to refine your stand-up paddle boarding.

The 82ha lake is a great place for non-powered boating and sailing. Boat trailer parking is available and there is a boat launching and rigging zone. Model boating is allowed, but only non-powered craft can be used.

Go sailing on monohull boats up to 5 metres long or multi-hull boats up to 4.3 metres long. Lysterfield Sailing Club welcomes new members. Call Parks Victoria on 13 1963 for more information.

As rivers, lakes and reservoirs are natural environments, you may encounter hazards. Follow our water safety advice together with the water safety signage in the park to make sure your day out Lysterfield Park is a safe and enjoyable one.

Things to do

Two friends in activewear walk away from the lake.

Lake Circuit Trail

Walk, run or cycle this popular trail, which weaves among native vegetation around the picturesque Lysterfield Lake. You're almost guaranteed to see kangaroos and other wildlife along the way.
Three friends share a picnic on the shores of Lysterfield Lake.

Picnic areas in Lysterfield Park

There are two picnic areas along the lake shore and both have toilets, picnic tables and free electric barbecues.
Three mountain bikers turn left through a berm.

Mountain biking at Lysterfield Park

Explore a 24km network of purpose-built mountain bike trails at Lysterfield Park, suitable for all skill levels.

How to get there

Lysterfield Lake

Need to know

Lysterfield Lake

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Lysterfield Lake

    Boat Ramp road closure.

    The road from the roundabout to the boat ramp has flooded and is now closed.

    Do not drive through the flood water, there are hazards which cannot be seen.

    The road will remain closed while we work to rectify this issue. 

  • Lysterfield Park

    Notification of Deer Control Program within Lysterfield Park (Northern Conservation Zone)

    Parks Victoria are continuing deer control at Lysterfield Park (Northern Conservation Zone). This program is recommencing on Tuesday 27th of August 2024.
    Control is being undertaken with accredited and authorised volunteers from the Sporting Shooters Association Australia and Australian Deer Association under the supervision of Parks Victoria.
    Through the control of deer, the program will:
    ·      Respond to Victoria’s bio security approach to new and emerging threats
    ·      Deliver an approved program in support of the Victorian Deer Control Strategy and the Peri Urban Deer Control Plan 2021-2026
    ·      Provide critical habitat protection to the flora and fauna values in the areas of the proposed works
    ·      Reduce habitat structure damage and minimise browsing on habitat regeneration and revegetation efforts
    ·      Reduce deer numbers (with the object of reaching numbers to a manageable level).
    Upcoming control nights are as follows, from 4pm to 6am:
    ·      Tuesday 27th of August 2024 (into the early hours of Wednesday)
    ·      Tuesday 3rd of September 2024 (into the early hours of Wednesday)
    ·      Tuesday 10th of September 2024 (into the early hours of Wednesday)
    ·      Tuesday 17th of September 2024 (into the early hours of Wednesday)
    Please note that during such time the park area will be closed for public safety and deer legal rifles will emit noise, which may be heard in the area. 
    You may observe signage at gates indicating dates of the upcoming control program. A map of the control areas is attached for your reference.
    If you would like further information, please email or call 13 1963.

  • Lysterfield Picnic Area

    Some barbeques not in operation

    Parks Victoria is carrying out inspections in all of our barbecues in our parks. Following these inspections, some barbecues have been temporarily closed until they can be attended by a licenced contractor. We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused.
    Visitor safety is our top priority and we advise people to please not to use any barbecue facilities that have been closed. We expect the impacted barbecues to reopen in the coming weeks.

  • Upper Buckle

    Upper Buckle + Lil Shawty MTB Trail closure

    Upper Buckle and Lil Shawty Mountain Bike Trails are both closed.

    This is due to rainfall which has created unsafe trail conditions.

    The trail will be continuously monitored and will reopen when conditions are suitable.

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