A serene lakeside setting for picnics, swimming, rowing, watersking and fishing. Originally built as part of Tasmania's hydro-electric scheme, Lake Barrington today is home to an international rowing course, recognised as one of the finest rowing courses in the world. It is also a popular venue for water skiers, swimmers, power boat enthusiasts, canoers, model yacht enthusiasts and fishermen. It is a designated “big fish’’ lake as it is stocked by Tasmania’s Inland Fisheries Service with monster-size rainbow and brown trout and Atlantic salmon. It is not uncommon to land trout bigger than 2kg (5lb).
The foreshore at the rowing course has excellent picnic and barbecue facilities with expansive lawns and shelters for visits and events, plus toilets. The Kentish Park and Wilmot foreshore has boat ramps, BBQs and toilets. Kentish Park is the primary camping area, there is a small camping area at Wilmot, but the rowing course and Devils’ Gate dam sites do not provide for camping. The Devils Gate site has no facilities other than picnic tables. Along its shores, tall eucalypt forest and lush rainforest harbour a plethora of wildlife, including possums, wallabies, pademelons, echidnas, wombats, quolls and a huge variety of birdlife including the endangered wedge-tailed eagle and grey goshawk. Lake Barrington is a designated “big fish’’ water, stocked by Inland Fisheries Service with king size fish for anglers. Lake Barrington is also ideal for water-based activities such as swimming, rowing, water skiing, power boating and canoeing. It features camping sites, picnic areas with sheltered tables, BBQs and toilets. A kiosk operates on weekends in summer and during major sporting events. No water activity is permitted within the boundaries of the international rowing course, towards the southern end of the lake.
Lake Barrington, Tasmania, 7306