Arthurs Lake - a great place to visit

With rugged world heritage wilderness, lake-side camping and big brown trout aplenty, it's easy to see why Arthurs Lake is a popular spot. Read on to find out about the exciting work we've got planned for Jonah Bay and Pumphouse Bay campgrounds - and get some tips for your next visit.

Hydro Tasmania owns and manages Arthurs Lake and the surrounding land. Like many lakes in the Central Highlands, it was created to generate energy... today, it continues to provide renewable power and provide a host of other benefits to local communities, visitors and the environment.

We want everyone to feel welcome at Arthurs Lake - and all of our other recreational sites across the state. We've recently been looking at what we can do at Jonah Bay and Pumphouse Bay campsites to make your next visit more enjoyable.

What's planned at Jonah Bay and Pumphouse Bay campgrounds


Until recently, Jonah Bay and Pumphouse Bay campgrounds were managed by a third-party group. When their lease ended recently, we took the opportunity to asses the campgrounds and facilities. This assessment identified a number of safety concerns and the need to upgrade some of the visitor facilities. We've shared our progress, findings and decisions with regular campers and the local community, and sought their input along the way.


What's been decided?

Based on our assessment, we've decided to undertake a number of upgrades, including:

  • installing new toilets
  • improving vehicle access - including new turning circles
  • removing dangerous trees
  • making site boundaries easier to see
  • improving site drainage
  • maintaining existing buildings

The campgrounds have been temporarily closed until August 2023 and preliminary works are already underway. The design is being finalised and we'll share it here in coming weeks.


Future management

When the campgrounds reopen, there will be some changes to the way they're managed to make sure everyone gets a chance to enjoy the new facilities. In the future, we'll offer seasonal and short-term camping sites - and the seasonal spots will be allocated via a ballot system or similar.


Arthurs Lake is a great place to escape and reconnect with your family and nature - and we know some visitors return year after year.

With Jonah Bay and Pumphouse Bay campgrounds temporarily out of action, we've created some new campgrounds nearby so you can continue to look forward to your annual escape - find out more in the section below. We've also included some ideas for alternative destinations, just in case you want to explore somewhere new.

Jonah Bay and Pumphouse Bay boat ramps will remain open as normal.

PLEASE NOTE: SITE 2 REFERRED TO BELOW IS CLOSED DUE TO WATER LOGGING FROM RECENT RAIN. WE WILL UPDATE YOU WHEN THE SITE REOPENS.

New sites


We've prepared 5 new bush sites that offer great lake side views and easy access to the Jonah Bay boat ramp. Disappointingly, to get these sites ready, we had to spend quite a bit of time (and money) cleaning up after previous visitors. Rubbish needed removing, illegal logging sites needed cleaning up and we've had to instal rocks to prevent cars accessing the foreshore and causing further damage. Poor behaviour is not uncommon in this area and it puts a real strain on the environment. We appeal to you all to help address poor behaviour by assisting us in keeping the area clean, safe and not damaging the environment. If you witness unsocial behaviour, please contact us on this site by posting a question or contacting us directly through the contact details shown.



The 5 additional campsites (see map) are bush sites - so come prepared for rough terrain (only one is 2WD suitable) and no facilities. Space is limited and we'd ask you to camp within the rock boundaries and limit your stay to 7 days:

  • Sites 1,2 and 3: 4WD only
  • Site 4: 2WD accessible
  • Site 5: 4WD only and within the TWWHA (for more info, read here) so additional restrictions apply


Read our top tips to minimise your impacts and bookmark our recreation site map to discover alternative destinations. Please avoid camping in undesignated areas.

You can also download one of our handy destination guides for the Central Highlands, Upper Derwent Valley and North West.


Love this place? Leave no trace


When visiting any of our sites around the state, please consider adopting some of the illustrated tips below to help keep them clean and safe for others. It can be tempting to break the rules but do you think about the impact on you? Broken gates, destroyed signs, damaged trees, churned up roads and rubbish all cost a lot of money to fix - the more we spend cleaning up after others, the less we have to add the new facilities and features that we all enjoy.


Visiting Gunns or Little Lake?

A special call out to you super-adventurers! We know the formal track to Little Lake is in bad shape but please don't use the informal track via Gunns Lake. The vegetation in this area is extremely fragile and slow growing - your car can cause damage that takes years to recover from. It's also protected within the TWWHA - for more information about what this means, read here.

We're looking into upgrading the track but until this work is done, please consider choosing a different site, parking and walking in, or using the formal track and taking things super slow!

If you've got any questions about the campground works or visiting the Arthurs Lake region, please contact us or post a question below.

We'd also love to hear about your Arthurs Lake adventures - head to our guestbook to share a travel tip, make a suggestion or tell us about a recent trip.

With rugged world heritage wilderness, lake-side camping and big brown trout aplenty, it's easy to see why Arthurs Lake is a popular spot. Read on to find out about the exciting work we've got planned for Jonah Bay and Pumphouse Bay campgrounds - and get some tips for your next visit.

Hydro Tasmania owns and manages Arthurs Lake and the surrounding land. Like many lakes in the Central Highlands, it was created to generate energy... today, it continues to provide renewable power and provide a host of other benefits to local communities, visitors and the environment.

We want everyone to feel welcome at Arthurs Lake - and all of our other recreational sites across the state. We've recently been looking at what we can do at Jonah Bay and Pumphouse Bay campsites to make your next visit more enjoyable.

What's planned at Jonah Bay and Pumphouse Bay campgrounds


Until recently, Jonah Bay and Pumphouse Bay campgrounds were managed by a third-party group. When their lease ended recently, we took the opportunity to asses the campgrounds and facilities. This assessment identified a number of safety concerns and the need to upgrade some of the visitor facilities. We've shared our progress, findings and decisions with regular campers and the local community, and sought their input along the way.


What's been decided?

Based on our assessment, we've decided to undertake a number of upgrades, including:

  • installing new toilets
  • improving vehicle access - including new turning circles
  • removing dangerous trees
  • making site boundaries easier to see
  • improving site drainage
  • maintaining existing buildings

The campgrounds have been temporarily closed until August 2023 and preliminary works are already underway. The design is being finalised and we'll share it here in coming weeks.


Future management

When the campgrounds reopen, there will be some changes to the way they're managed to make sure everyone gets a chance to enjoy the new facilities. In the future, we'll offer seasonal and short-term camping sites - and the seasonal spots will be allocated via a ballot system or similar.


Arthurs Lake is a great place to escape and reconnect with your family and nature - and we know some visitors return year after year.

With Jonah Bay and Pumphouse Bay campgrounds temporarily out of action, we've created some new campgrounds nearby so you can continue to look forward to your annual escape - find out more in the section below. We've also included some ideas for alternative destinations, just in case you want to explore somewhere new.

Jonah Bay and Pumphouse Bay boat ramps will remain open as normal.

PLEASE NOTE: SITE 2 REFERRED TO BELOW IS CLOSED DUE TO WATER LOGGING FROM RECENT RAIN. WE WILL UPDATE YOU WHEN THE SITE REOPENS.

New sites


We've prepared 5 new bush sites that offer great lake side views and easy access to the Jonah Bay boat ramp. Disappointingly, to get these sites ready, we had to spend quite a bit of time (and money) cleaning up after previous visitors. Rubbish needed removing, illegal logging sites needed cleaning up and we've had to instal rocks to prevent cars accessing the foreshore and causing further damage. Poor behaviour is not uncommon in this area and it puts a real strain on the environment. We appeal to you all to help address poor behaviour by assisting us in keeping the area clean, safe and not damaging the environment. If you witness unsocial behaviour, please contact us on this site by posting a question or contacting us directly through the contact details shown.



The 5 additional campsites (see map) are bush sites - so come prepared for rough terrain (only one is 2WD suitable) and no facilities. Space is limited and we'd ask you to camp within the rock boundaries and limit your stay to 7 days:

  • Sites 1,2 and 3: 4WD only
  • Site 4: 2WD accessible
  • Site 5: 4WD only and within the TWWHA (for more info, read here) so additional restrictions apply


Read our top tips to minimise your impacts and bookmark our recreation site map to discover alternative destinations. Please avoid camping in undesignated areas.

You can also download one of our handy destination guides for the Central Highlands, Upper Derwent Valley and North West.


Love this place? Leave no trace


When visiting any of our sites around the state, please consider adopting some of the illustrated tips below to help keep them clean and safe for others. It can be tempting to break the rules but do you think about the impact on you? Broken gates, destroyed signs, damaged trees, churned up roads and rubbish all cost a lot of money to fix - the more we spend cleaning up after others, the less we have to add the new facilities and features that we all enjoy.


Visiting Gunns or Little Lake?

A special call out to you super-adventurers! We know the formal track to Little Lake is in bad shape but please don't use the informal track via Gunns Lake. The vegetation in this area is extremely fragile and slow growing - your car can cause damage that takes years to recover from. It's also protected within the TWWHA - for more information about what this means, read here.

We're looking into upgrading the track but until this work is done, please consider choosing a different site, parking and walking in, or using the formal track and taking things super slow!

If you've got any questions about the campground works or visiting the Arthurs Lake region, please contact us or post a question below.

We'd also love to hear about your Arthurs Lake adventures - head to our guestbook to share a travel tip, make a suggestion or tell us about a recent trip.

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  • Is it possible to camp on the edge of the lake at Jonah Bay for overnight fishing trips

    Stig asked 15 days ago

    Hi Stig, 

    Thanks for your question. No, we ask that all camping stays within designated campsites. This will help us to protect the environment that we all enjoy for the future.

    Thanks, 

    Sarah