Restrictions

Zone A

Permitted activities

In Zone A, you can:

  • operate a motorised vessel – including a jet-ski, houseboat or pontoon boat – but you must not exceed a speed of 10 knots, or tow a person from the vessel. You must not exceed a speed of 4 knots within 250m of an engaged levee or within 250m from the location of any dwelling or buildings, where it is partially or wholly submerged.
  • operate a human powered vessel (kayak/canoe) but you must not go within 250 metres of a lock or weir.
  • swim, bathe and dive. You must not swim, bathe or dive within 250m of a lock or weir.

If in or on the floodplain, you must not be within 50 metres of an overhead powerline.

Zone B, C, D and E

Permitted activities

In Zone B, C, D and E, you can:

  • operate a motorised vessel – including a jet-ski, houseboat or pontoon boat – but you must not exceed a speed of 10 knots, or tow a person from the vessel. You must also not exceed a speed of 4 knots:
    • between sunset and sunrise
    • within 250m of an engaged levee or within 250m from the location of any dwelling or buildings, where it is partially or wholly submerged.
  • operate a human powered vessel (kayak/canoe) but you must not go within 250 metres of a lock or weir.
  • swim, bathe and dive. You must not swim, bathe or dive within 250m of a lock or weir.

If in or on the floodplain, you must not be within 50 metres of an overhead powerline.

Zone F

Permitted activities

In Zone F, you can:

  • operate a motorised vessel – including a jet-ski – but you must not exceed a speed of 10 knots, or tow a person from the vessel
  • go fishing or yabbying from a motorised vessel.

Those operating a motorised vessel cannot exceed a speed of 4 knots within 250 metres of an engaged levee or within 250 metres from the location of any dwelling or buildings, where any part of the dwelling or building is partially or wholly submerged.

Unless you have a permitted purpose you cannot:

  • operate a human powered vessel
  • swim, bathe or dive
  • operate a houseboat or pontoon boat.

Everyone in the open area of a vessel must wear a lifejacket equivalent to a level 50 standard or above if in the open area of a vessel of up to 12 metres in length.

See the Zone restrictions table for all restrictions.

Zones

Zone A – the part of the River Murray from where it enters South Australia to the upriver side of Lock 5

Zone B – the part of the River Murray from the downriver side of Lock 5 to the upriver side of Lock 4

Zone C – the part of the River Murray from the downriver side of Lock 4 to the upriver side of Lock 3, but not including Lake Bonney

Zone D – the part of the River Murray from the downriver side of Lock 3 to the upriver side of Lock 2

Zone E – the part of the River Murray from the downriver side of Lock 2 to the upriver side of Lock 1

Zone F – the part of the River Murray from the downriver side of Lock 1 to the upriver side of the Wellington ferry crossing

Zone G – the part of the River Murray from the downriver side of the Wellington ferry crossing to where the river enters Lake Alexandrina, and the Coorong, the Lower Lakes, and the Murray Mouth

Zone H – Lake Bonney

Zone restrictions

 

Zone A

Zone B

Zone C

Zone D

Zone E

Zone F

Zone G

Zone H

(Lake Bonney)

Houseboat or pontoon boat

X

N/A

N/A

Swim, bathe or dive, kayaking in the River Murray

X

N/A N/A
Recreational boating in the River Murray

X

N/A

N/A

Operate a motorised vessel (including personal watercraft) up to a speed of 10 knots. Towing of a person is not permitted.

X

N/A

N/A

Operate human-powered vessels within 250 m of a lock or weir

X

X

X

X

X

X

N/A

N/A

Swim, bathe or dive within 250 m of a lock or weir

X

X

X

X

X

X

N/A

N/A

Undertake any fishing activity or leave any fishing apparatus from any vessel unless that person is a holder of a commercial fishery licence*

X

N/A

N/A

Exceed a speed of 4 knots within 250 m from the location of any dwelling or buildings, where any part of the dwelling or building is partially or wholly submerged when operating a vessel

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Exceed a speed of 4 knots between the times of sunset and sunrise**

X

X

X

X

X

Exceed a speed of 4 knots when operating a personal watercraft (no more than 10 knots in Zones B, C and D)

X

N/A

N/A

Be within 50 m of an overhead powerline if in or on the floodplain

X

X

X

X

X

X

N/A

N/A

Operate human-powered vessels within 750 m of the Murray mouth or 250 m of any of the barrages (Unless the operator is a tour operator or under the direction of a tour operator)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

X

N/A

Swim, bathe or dive within 750 m of the Murray mouth or 250 m of any of the barrages

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

X

N/A

Moor, anchor, attach, or secure any vessel to any of the barrages

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

X

N/A

*Under the Fisheries Management Act 2007

**Between the times of sunset and sunrise as published in the Government Gazette under the Proof of Sunrise and Sunset Act 1923.


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