Lake Edward

The Lake Edward Walking Trail is now closed, due to harvest operations underway in OneFortyOne pine forest nearby.

The adjacent pontoon and visitor areas will remain open until after the busy Easter period. A site-wide closure will begin on 2 April and is expected to be in place for 2 weeks, while harvest operations are completed.

Forest harvest sites can be dangerous places, involving heavy vehicles and machinery, falling trees and loud noise. For your own safety, please keep out, follow all site signage and obey instructions from staff.

Enjoy a day out at Lake Edward

The tranquility of Lake Edward has made it a popular recreation spot for fishing, walking, boating and picnicking, since the 1840s.

Lake Edward is the region’s best preserved example of a volcanic maar. It is also older than Mount Gambier and is believed to have formed from an explosion, when volcanic material passed through ground water.

Visitors to the lake can enjoy a tranquil bush-walk or bike ride around the lake, via a dedicated walking trail.

A variety of water and bush birds can be seen from the trail, while a bird hide at the water’s edge provides the perfect hideaway for the more serious bird watcher.

A pontoon offers the ideal spot for recreational fishing, while a boat launch is situated nearby for those who would like to venture into deeper waters.

The area also has ample car parking, a picnic table and trail signage.

Visitors please note:

  • Only electric boats and canoes are permitted on Lake Edward, to prevent the risk of oil and petrol spills.
  • Only the introduced pest fish species, Red Fin, may be removed from Lake Edward. It is illegal to remove native fish from the water.

How to get there

Lake Edward is located on Lake Edward Road near the rural township of Glencoe, 32km from Mount Gambier.


The forest is closed to the public on declared Total Fire Ban days. To report a fire, call 000.

For fire ban information phone 1800 362 361 or visit the CFS website. Being aware of a Total Fire Ban is your responsibility.

Fire is prohibited on ForestrySA land and Forest Reserves between November 1 and April 30 in any year. (These dates may be extended in areas where high fire danger persists).


Main image courtesy of Bec Whetham.

Lake Edward Walking Trail

Enjoy a tranquil stroll around the fresh water lake and experience panoramic view from the crater’s highest points, during this 2.5km loop walk.