How many boat ramps are in Lake Macquarie?

    There are more than two dozen boat ramps available for public use around Lake Macquarie, one every 5.5km on average:

    • Hall Reserve, Balcolyn 
    • Shingle Splitters Point, Balcolyn 
    • Balmoral Boat Ramp at Balmoral Place Reserve 
    • Belmont South Boat Ramp
    • Bennett Park Boat Ramp, Valentine 
    • Bolton Point Boat Ramp
    • Bonnells Bay Boat Ramp at Pendlebury Park
    • Cams Wharf Boat Ramp
    • Coal Point Boat Ramp at Biriban Reserve
    • Croudace Bay Boat Ramp at Thomas H Halton Park
    • Dora Creek Boat Ramp
    • Eleebana Boat Ramp at Lions Park
    • Marks Point Boat Ramp at Naru Reserve 
    • Marmong Point Boat Ramp
    • Morisset Park Boat Ramp 
    • Nords Wharf Boat Ramp
    • Pelican Boat Ramp
    • Rathmines Boat Ramp at Styles Point
    • Rathmines Park Boat Ramp
    • Speers Point Boat Ramp (south/with pontoon)
    • Speers Point Boat Ramp (north)
    • Sunshine Boat Ramp
    • Swansea Boat Ramp on The Esplanade (James C Boyd Reserve)
    • Swansea Boat Ramp at Thomas Humphreys Reserve 
    • Toronto Lions Park Boat Ramp
    • Toronto Boat Ramp on Wharf Street
    • Wangi Wangi Boat Ramp at Dobell Park
    • Wangi Boat Ramp on Kent Place

    How does this project relate to Council's adopted Lake Activation Strategy?

    Council’s Lake Activation Strategy was adopted in October 2021. It provides a plan and framework to guide community access, use and enjoyment of Lake Macquarie, including provision of boat ramps. 

    The strategy recognises that demand for boat launching facilities is growing and that there is little opportunity for construction of new infrastructure. In response to this challenge, Council is committed to optimising existing infrastructure, particularly in high-use locations, to ensure facilities continue to meet user demand into the future. 

    The Lake Activation Strategy includes actions to, “develop a capital works program to upgrade boat ramp and jetty facilities in accordance with Asset Management Plans, classification level and functionality/risk assessment” and “establish a monitoring program incorporating the use of new and innovative technologies to obtain quantitative and qualitative data on the use of aquatic infrastructure including boat ramps…”

    Your feedback, as well as usage monitoring at our boat ramps, will help us achieve these actions.  

    What's happening at Blacksmiths boat ramp?

    Blacksmiths boat ramp is temporarily partially closed until 13 November 2023, with full closure from this date through to Christmas.  

    Design for a replacement ramp has commenced and construction is scheduled to begin in mid-2024.