Roads and Maritime Services is warning boaters to keep clear of Lake Jindabyne and the Snowy River as water levels are currently above capacity and due to spill at any time.
Maritime Acting Manager Boating Safety and Regional Operations Craig Whitmore said Lake Jindabyne was expected to spill into the Snowy River imminently.
“Full storage level has been reached,” Mr Whitmore said. “The radial gauges, or gates, on the Jindabyne Dam will now open gradually, releasing water into the Snowy River.”
Mr Whitmore said Maritime had been working with Snowy Hydro and other agencies including the local council, which was considering closing boat ramps until water levels subsided.
“Water levels at Lake Jindabyne are so high today that the local Maritime Boating Safety Officer, heading out to warn boaters of the changes, launched his patrol boat from the car park,” Mr Whitmore said.