Caelli Lane Loddon Floodway Camping Area (River Murray Reserve, Proposed Murray River Park (part))

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Caelli Lane Loddon Floodway Camping Area (River Murray Reserve, Proposed Murray River Park (part))

Enjoy swimming or fishing in the Murray River or relax among the River Red Gums at Caelli Lane Loddon Floodway Camping Area. Bring a picnic or barbecue, or spend the night immersed in nature. No fees or bookings apply. This is a dispersed bush camping area with no facilities. Campers must be self-sufficient. Access is via unsealed roads suitable for 2WD vehicles in dry weather only. A 4WD vehicle is recommended. This dispersed camping area can accommodate tents, caravans and motor homes.

Visitor Tips: Do not park, camp or rest under or near large trees, like River Red Gums. Whole trees and branches may fall at any time without warning and swing away from the tree.

Rivers may have fast currents, low visibility, underwater objects, shallow areas, unstable banks, drop offs and deep holes. Do not dive or jump in. Always actively supervise children in or near water.

Fishing and boating in the Murray River must comply with NSW regulations. Victorian regulations apply to all other waterways in the park.

Please practice minimal impact camping and take all camping gear and rubbish away when you leave. Campsites must be at least 20m from the riverbank. Digging steps into riverbanks is illegal and can cause erosion and landslides.

River water is not suitable for consumption.

Campfires are permitted if it is not a Total Fire Ban day, and: a 3 metre area around the fire is cleared of anything flammable; at least 10 litres of water is available for immediate use; and an adult is in attendance at all times. Fires must be no larger than 1m across and contained in a pit at least 30cm deep. Always extinguish fires with water not soil. A fire is safe to leave when it is cool to touch.

Firewood collection is permitted for on-site use only and must not be removed from the park. Collect only dead wood from the ground. Firewood must be cut on site and not dragged.

No bins are provided. Please take your rubbish away. Report illegal dumping to 13 1963.

Caelli Lane Loddon Floodway Camping Area is in the Mallee fire district. Bushfire safety is a personal responsibility. For up to date information on bushfires in Victoria call the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226, download the VicEmergency app, visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au or tune into a local radio station. Check the forecast fire danger before leaving home. Consider not visiting forest or bushland on stormy days or days of high bushfire risk.

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Caelli Lane Loddon Floodway Camping Area (River Murray Reserve, Proposed Murray River Park (part))

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Caelli Lane Loddon Floodway Camping Area (River Murray Reserve, Proposed Murray River Park (part))

Warnings & Restrictions

Dogs

Dogs are not allowed

Restrictions

  • None applicable

Warnings

  • Other warnings
    • Trees may fall take care
    • Limbs may fall take care
  • Terrain hazards
    • Uneven ground
  • Animals and pests
    • Snakes
  • Water hazards
    • Deep water
    • Strong currents

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

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.

Seasonal road closures 2022

Some roads in this park are subject to seasonal road closures. Seasonal road closures generally operate from after the long weekend in June through to the end of October, but may be extended due to seasonal conditions. Visit the seasonal road closures page for maps and more information.

Park Closures due to flooding proposed Murray River Park

Due to increased releases from  the Hume Weir following heavy rainfall events in the Murray and Ovens Rivers  Catchments most visitor sites will be impacted by flooding downstream of the Hume and Yarrawonga Weirs.

Attachments: Murray River Reserves Base Map (613KB)

Murray River Reserve Flood Closures - Upstream of Lake Hume

The following Murray River Reserve visitor sites upstream of Lake Hume are currently closed due to flooding.
- Lighthouse Crossing
- Neils Bend
- Pebble Beach
and Clarke Lagoon Wildlife Reserve.

Parts of Burrowye Bend and Gadds Bend are also closed to vehicles.

These sites will be monitored and re-opened as soon as access tracks and campsites have had a chance to dry out.

Current Access in Barmah National Park & adjoining River Murray Reserve and Tocumwal Regional Park 09/08/2022

Most tracks within Barmah National Park are Closed to motor vehicles access, for public safety, to avoid damage to tracks and reduce environmental harm.
This is due to a recent increase in River flows and local rainfall that has resulted in high water levels, flooding events and boggy conditions, impacting access tracks in the majority of the Barmah National Park and Barmah Island and Ulupna Island.
 
The following tracks are OPEN within Barmah National Park area, however we recommend Four-Wheel Drive access only and conditions are subject to change at any time without notice:
  • Sand Ridge Tk to the Dharnya Centre, and the north end of the Lakes campground. Note; day visitor area and toilets are flooded, south toilets at lakes camp ground is flooded, North Lakes toilets are operational.
  • Ulupna Island - Carters Beach and some high bank camps are accessible, most beached are flooded.
  • Morgan’s mill area upstream to Ulupna Ck, high bank only.
  • Barmah Island – township end up to Barmah Ck.
  • The Ranch (south of Barmah not shown on map)
 
See the attached map for tracks that remain OPEN , highlighted Green recommended for 4x4 only access. Red Dots at Gateways indicate tracks that are closed due to Flood water.
 
For all of the latest change of conditions regarding Barmah National Park and surrounding reserves, please see https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/places-to-see/parks/barmah-national-park.
 
River flow are at 28,000 Megalitres this week and is expected to increase to 35,000 Meg this week. We will review access weekly and open the closed areas as soon as possible. Please take care on all tracks due to the wet conditions and if you can avoid using wet tracks please do so to prevent Track and Vehicle damage.

Attachments: Access Update 09.08.22 PDF (371KB)

Japanese encephalitis in northern Victoria

Japanese encephalitis in northern Victoria
Japanese encephalitis (JE) has recently been detected in Victoria, with increased risk in the northern and north-west of Victoria and along the Murray River. This virus is spread to humans through mosquito bites and may cause a rare and potentially life-threatening infection of the brain. 
 
For information about how to protect yourself and your loved ones from mosquito bites before you head outdoors, visit the Beat the Bite- Better Health Website or see our visitor safety tips. 

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