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Jack Smith Lake State Game Reserve

Featuring extensive coastal lagoons, salt marshes and native grasslands, Jack Smith Lake provides valuable feeding and nesting habitat for a range of waterbirds.

Enjoy bush camping on the open grassy plains or within the shade of a stand of banksias. Campers must be self sufficient and bring their own firewood and drinking water. Campfires are permitted.

The remains of many camps (boangs) containing charcoal, stone, flints and shells are scattered throughout the Reserve. A number of burial sites are also known.

Jack Smith Lake was the first State Game Reserve in Victoria set aside for habitat protection, wildlife management and hunting of game species.

During the relevant open season and with the appropriate game and firearm license, try hunting wild duck, Stubble Quail and Hog Deer.

The use and possession of firearms in the Reserve is prohibited at all other times without written authority from Parks Victoria.

Dogs are only permitted within the Reserve during the open duck and quail season for the flushing and retrieval of game. A dog must be under the control of its owner for this purpose at all times.

There are no facilities within Jack Smith Lake State Game Reserve except information boards on the three access roads to the Reserve. Jack Smith Lake State Game Reserve protects extensive coastal lagoons, salt marshes, coastal woodlands and native grasslands.

Vast numbers of insects and other invertebrates inhabit the lake's waters. They provide food for over one hundred bird species including the Black Swan, Australian Pelican, Pacific Black Duck, Chestnut Teal, Grey Teal, Great Egret, Sacred Ibis, Royal Spoonbill, Great Cormorant and White-faced Heron. Swamp Harrier, White-bellied Sea-eagle and Brown Falcon are often seen soaring overhead in search of prey.

The Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Swamp Wallaby and Common Wombat shelter within these woodlands during the day, emerging at night to feed on the native grasslands of Wallaby Grass and Tussock Grass.

Manna Gum, Saw Banksia, Coast Banksia, and Drooping She-oak with an understorey of Sweet Wattle, Prickly Tea-tree and Bracken are scattered throughout the Reserve.

Woodside, the nearest township, has toilets, picnic tables and information.

Directions: The Reserve is accessed from the South Gippsland Highway at Woodside via Brynes Road or Stringybark Lane; or the Darriman - Seaspray Road (Middle Road)


  • Street: Stringy Bark Lane
  • City: Woodside
  • Postcode: 3874
  • State: Victoria

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