A section of the lake is available for authorised water skiing booked through the Manly Warringah Water Ski Club. For booking enquiries e-mail  All other motorised craft are prohibited.



Manly Dam is popular with novice fishers. Section 4 near the wetlands is thought to be the best fishing spot. The dam is stocked regularly with Australian bass, however other species that may be caught are silver perch, carp and redfin. A NSW Recreational Fishing License is required and rules and regulations apply (see link below). To prevent harm to our resident wildlife, please ensure all hooks, lines, etc. are collected and taken with you when you leave.

Swimming and Kayaking

The section of water between picnic areas 2 and 3 is a dedicated water skiing area and is prohibited for swimming and non-motorised water activities. Please use designated swimming areas indicated by buoys and signs.