Pumphouse Bay camping area
This beautifully maintained, scenic campground beside Arthurs Lake has open, grassed areas among the trees that are perfect for larger rigs. The lake is not just for anglers: campers of all kinds love this place, especially the mealtime get-togethers around the communal BBQs (even though there are campsite fireplaces and free firewood). Turn east off Poatina Rd, pass the not-so-scenic hydro pumphouse and the ‘no camping’ sign, and take the first turn to the left. Be sure to take advantage of the wood-heated showers after your day out on the lake. View lake conditions via the Pumphouse Bay webcam at www.coastview.com.au
Who to contact: Bothwell Tourism Association (03) 6259 4049 Camping fees: fees payable at the self-registration station Permits: an Inland Angling Licence is required to fish; check regulations and season www.ifs.tas.gov.au Road conditions: Gunns Marsh Rd is closed to the public June–July
This campsite is located in Arthurs Lake Lakeside Reserve
Like many other lakes in Tasmania’s central highlands, Arthurs Lake was formed to store water for hydro-electricity generation. Water from Arthurs is pumped to Great Lake and then piped through massive conduits to the Poatina power station on the northern face of the Central Plateau. These extraordinary engineering works have created lakes which are now home to some of the world’s best inland fishing. Anglers come to Arthurs Lake more than any other in Tasmania for its wild brown trout. The average catch rate is 2 fish per angler per day, so few go away disappointed.
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