Wetland closures – 2024 duck season

Closed or further regulated hunting areas

Occasionally, wetlands or parts of wetlands, may be closed to duck hunting or hunting may be further regulated (e.g. hunting from boats prohibited) to protect concentrations of rare or threatened species from disturbance or being mistakenly shot.

Further regulation can involve additional restrictions on hunting times, equipment and hunting methods. If a closure is required, this can involve a partial closure of a hunting area or full closure.

Wetlands are monitored throughout the duck season. If the reason for further regulation or closure no longer exists, the wetland may be reopened to hunting.

The More to Explore app will be updated with wetland closures.

2024 Wetland closures

Wetland closure gazette notice

Moodie Swamp and Lake Modewarre closure gazette notice

Wetland name

Nearby town

Threatened species present / reason for closure

Regulation / Restriction

Moodie Swamp YundoolBrolga

Full closure

Lake ModewarreWinchelseaBlue-winged Shoveler

Full closure

Andersons Inlet

Inverloch

Orange-bellied Parrot

Full closure

Big Reedy Lagoon State Game Reserve

Yarrawonga

Great Egret

Full closure

Bullrush Swamp

Hamilton

Brolga

Full closure

Clydebank Morass State Game Reserve and adjoining public land

Clydebank

Blue-winged Shoveler

Full closure

Cundare Pool

Cressy

Brolga

Full closure

Dowd Morass State Game Reserve

Sale

Breeding waterbirds

Partial closure

(see gazette)

Koorangie State Game Reserve, including the Marshes, Lake Bael Bael and Little Lake Bael Bael

Kerang

Freckled Duck, Breeding waterbirds

Full closure

Kow Swamp

Gunbower

Wildlife sanctuary

Full closure

Greens Lake

Corop

Brolga

Full closure

Hird Swamp State Game Reserve

Macorna North

Australasian Bittern

Full closure

Lake Bolac

Lake Bolac

Musk Duck

Full closure

Lake Boort

Boort

Grey-headed Flying-fox

Full closure

Lake Buloke (which includes Little Lake Buloke)

Donald

Blue-Winged Shoveler

Full closure

Lake Buninjon State Game Reserve

Willaura

Blue-winged Shoveler Blue-billed Duck

Full closure

Lake Colongulac

Camperdown

Blue-Winged Shoveler

Full closure

Lake Connewarre (except Reedy Lakes and Hospital Swamps)

Barwon Heads

Orange-bellied Parrot

Full closure

(Reedy Lakes and Hospital Swamps are open to hunting)

Lake Cullen State Game Reserve

Kerang

Blue-Winged Shoveler

Full closure

Lake Goldsmith State Game Reserve

Beaufort

Blue-winged Shoveler, Freckled Duck

Full closure

Lake Linlithgow

Hamilton

Blue-billed Duck

Full closure

Lake Martin

Cressy

Curlew Sandpiper

Full closure

Lake Muirhead State Game Reserve

Willaura

Brolga

Full closure

Lake Murdeduke State Game Reserve

Winchelsea

Blue-billed Duck

Full closure

Lake Natimuk

Natimuk and Horsham

Blue-winged Shoveler

Full closure

Lake Stewart (private land)

Corop

Brolga

Full closure

Lake Tutchewop

Mystic Park

Blue-billed Duck

Full closure

Lake Wat Wat

Orbost

Blue-winged Shoveler

Full closure

Lake Wongan State Game Reserve

Streatham

Blue-winged Shoveler

Full closure

Pine Lake

Horsham

Blue-winged Shoveler, Blue-Billed Duck

Full closure

Reedy Lakes (Reedy, Middle and Third Lake)

Kerang

Wildlife sanctuary

Full closure

Richardson River

Donald and Lake Buloke

Wildlife sanctuary

Full closure - from Lake Buloke up to and including the Sunraysia Highway Bridge

The Green Swamp State Game Reserve

Glenthompson

Brolga

Full closure

Tower Hill State Game Reserve

Warrnambool

Blue-winged Shoveler

Full closure

Report the presence of threatened species or breeding waterbirds

Wetlands watch list

Wetlands previously closed to hunting or where rare and threatened species have been regularly sighted

To help hunters plan their duck hunting trips, the table below contains information about wetlands where rare and threatened species have been regularly sighted, the potential risk to the species from duck hunting and, if applicable, the year in which the wetland was closed or further regulated since 2009.

Hunters are encouraged to have a ‘plan b’ in place as wetlands can be closed at short notice during the duck season and an alternate hunting location is required. And don’t forget, if you’re NOT SURE, DON’T SHOOT.

Wetland nameRare or threatened speciesRiskYear wetland closed and/or further regulatedi since 2009

Andersons Inlet

  • Orange-bellied Parrot

Disturbance during flocking

2023

Bartlett’s Swamp 

  • Freckled Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

2014

Big Reedy Lagoon 

  • Great Egret

Disturbance

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

2017

Booroopki Swamp 

  • Freckled Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

 

Box Flat Swamp 

  • Freckled Duck
  • Blue-billed Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

2013

Browns Lake

  • Blue-billed Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

2018

Bradys Swamp 

  • Great Egret
  • Musk Duck

Disturbance
Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

 

Bryan Swamp 

  • Brolga
  • Great Egret
  • Musk Duck

Disturbance during flocking. Disturbance
Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

2022, 2023

Buffalo Dam (Lake Buffalo) 

  • Great Egret
  • Musk Duck

Disturbance
Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

 

Deep Lake (Derrinallum) 

  • Brolga

Disturbance during flocking

 

Doctors Swamp (Murchison Swamp) 

  • Great Egret

Disturbance

 

Dowd Morass

  • Colonial breeding waterbirds’

Disturbance

2022

First Marsh (Koorangie SGR) 

  • Great Egret

Disturbance

 

Freshwater Swamp SGR 

  • Freckled Duck
  • Latham’s Snipe
  • Musk Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)
Disturbance
Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

 

Gaynor Swamp

  • Great Egret

Disturbance during flocking

2023

Green Lake 

  • Brolga
  • Great Egret

Disturbance during flocking
Disturbance

 

Green Swamp 

  • Brolga

Disturbance during flocking

2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

Harnath Swamp 

  • Musk Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

 

Heywoods Lake 

  • Blue-billed Duck
  • Great Egret
  • Musk Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification). Disturbance. Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

2016

Hird Swamp 

  • Australasian Bittern
  • Freckled Duck

Disturbance
Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

2014, 2018

Hollands Landing Lagoon 

  • Curlew Sandpiper

Disturbance

 

Hospital Swamps (part of Lake Connewarre State Game Reserve) 

  • Freckled Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

2014, 2019

Johnsons Swamp 

  • Australasian Bittern
  • Freckled Duck

Disturbance. Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

2016

Koorangie State Reserve 

  • Blue-billed Duck
  • Freckled Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification). Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

2017, 2018

Krause Swamp 

  • Brolga

Disturbance during flocking

2015

Lake Bolac 

  • Musk Duck
  • Blue-billed Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification). Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

2018, 2019, 2020

Lake Bookar

  • Hardhead

Disturbance

2023

Lake Buloke

  • Freckled Duck
  • Blue-billed Duck
  • Blue-winged Shovler

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

2023

Lake Buninjon 

  • Great Egret
  • Musk Duck

Disturbance

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

 

Lake Colac 

  • Freckled Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

2014

Lake Cooper 

  • Freckled Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

2017

Lake Colongulac 

  • Freckled Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

 

Lake Connewarre

  • Orange-bellied parrots

Disturbance

2022

Lake Corringle 

  • Great Egret
  • Musk Duck

Disturbance

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

 

Lake Curlip 

  • Musk Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

 

Lake Elingamite

  • Musk Duck
  • Blue-winged Shoveler
  • Magpie Goose

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

2023

Lake Elizabeth 

  • Musk Duck
  • Freckled Duck
  • Blue-billed Duck
  • Blue-winged Shoveler

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

2016, 2019, 2023

Lake Fyans 

  • Great Egret
  • Musk Duck

Disturbance

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

 

Lake Leaghur 

  • Great Egret

Disturbance

 

Lake Linlithgow 

  • Blue-billed Duck
  • Freckled Duck
  • Musk Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

2017, 2018, 2019

Lake Lonsdale 

  • Musk Duck
  • Freckled Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

2018, 2019, 2020

Lake Goldsmith
  • Blue-winged Shoveler

Disturbance to threatened species

2023

Lake Martin 

  • Curlew Sandpiper

Disturbance prior to migration

2018

Lake Muirhead 

  • Brolga
  • Blue-billed Duck

Disturbance during flocking

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

2017, 2018, 2022, 2023

Lake Murdeduke 

  • Curlew Sandpiper

Disturbance prior to migration

 

Lake Murphy

  • Freckled Duck
  • Magpie Goose

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

2019, 2023

Lake Natimuk

  • Freckled Duck
  • Blue-winged Shoveler

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

2014, 2017, 2023

Lake Round 

  • Freckled Duck
  • Latham’s Snipe

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

Disturbance

 

Lake Struan 

  • Musk Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

 

Lake Toolondo 

  • Freckled Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

2016

Lake Wat Wat 

  • Great Egret

Disturbance

 

Lake Wongan 

  • Brolga

Disturbance during flocking

 

Little Lake Meran 

  • Brolga

Disturbance during flocking

 

Lough Calvert 

  • Brolga

Disturbance during flocking

 

McGlashins Swamp 

  • Blue-billed Duck
  • Freckled Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

 

Pine Lake 

  • Freckled Duck
  • Musk Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

2019

Reedy Lake (part of Lake Connewarre State Game Reserve) 

  • Great Egret
  • Australasian Bittern
  • Curlew Sandpiper
  • Grey-headed flying foxes

Disturbance

Disturbance

Disturbance prior to migration

2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2023

Reedy Swamp 

  • Great Egret

Disturbance

 

Richardson’s Lagoon  

  • Great Egret
  • Musk Duck

Disturbance

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

 

Round Lake (Lake Boga) 

  • Blue-billed Duck
  • Musk Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

2014, 2015, 2016, 2019

Second Marsh (Koorangie SGR) 

  • Musk Duck
  • Freckled Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)
Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)

 

Toolondo Reservoir 

  • Freckled Duck
  • Musk Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification, flies in mixed flocks)Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

2016 (East Lake)

Tower Hill State Game Reserve

  • Blue-billed Duck
  • Musk Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022, 2023

Walker’s Lake 

  • Blue-billed Duck
  • Musk Duck

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)

Mistakenly shot (misidentification)