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Kerang Lakes

This series of lakes are easily accessed off the Murray Valley Highway just north of Kerang, stretching almost as far as Swan Hill.

Lake Charm and Kangaroo Lake are the most popular with waterskiers, boating enthusiasts and families. But there are smaller waterways too (23 in all), meaning you can escape the crowds and enjoy a quiet swim, cast a line or bird watch.

The Kerang Lakes are recognised as internationally important wetlands under the Ramsar Convention. The Kerang Ramsar site comprises 23 lakes and swamps on the lower reaches of the Avoca and Loddon Rivers and the Pyramid Creek. It is a very diverse system with the wetlands differing widely in permanence, depth, salinity and vegetation type.

Lake Charm

Lake Charm is a large freshwater lake that is part of the Murray Irrigation storage system. It is a popular location for water sports including swimming, waterskiing, bird watching, fishing, and kayaking. Lake Charm annually hosts events including the Victorian Ski Racing titles, Victorian point score events and the Archer Eade Memorial Race.

The relaxed setting of Lake Charm is the ideal destination for a family getaway or day trip with two caravan parks located on the waterfront. The eastern shore of the lake is a haven for birdlife and fishing is very popular, with redfin, yellow belly and Murray cod regular catches. In spring, the Redfin Fishing Classic is an attraction for hundreds of anglers.

Kangaroo Lake

Kangaroo Lake is the former home of the 19th Australian Prime Minister Sir John Gorton, who was born in 1911. The lake is well-known for fishing and water sports with the caravan park right on the lake foreshore. The north end of the lake is popular for day visitors with all types of recreation. The west side of the lake is also used for watersports, fishing and swimming while many residences are located high on the lunette overlooking the lake. Brown Brothers largest vineyard is located at Kangaroo Lake and Lake Charm and local vignerons the Dent family are producing some fine wines under the label Countertop Wines.

Lake Meran

Lake Meran is a picturesque freshwater lake on the northern end of Leaghur Forest. Being a natural lake, it is prone to seasonal fluctuations and is currently suitable for swimming and kayaking. The lake has white sandy beaches and is surrounded by healthy red gums. Lake Meran is a lovely spot to camp, swim, fish or simply relax with a picnic in natural surrounds. When water levels permit the lake is suitable for powered water sports.

Middle Reedy Lake

Middle Reedy Lake is home to the Ibis Rookery where thousands of ibis breed annually. The wetlands are home to many species of waterbirds including ibis, coots, sea eagles, herons, kites and spoonbills. Watch a video of the wetland at Middle Reedy Lake.

There are many other lakes within the Kerang lakes system that are environmentally significant and internationally recognised under the Ramsar Convention. More information on the lakes within the Gannawarra can be found in the Visitor Guide.