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Robe Lake Butler Marina


 Wharf by LonnyK  

Lake Butler was once a natural lake, where fishermen moored their boats in Guichen Bay in the summer and pulled them up over the dunes to moor in Lake Butler during the winter. A channel to the sea was cut in 1964, making Lake Butler available for safe mooring all year round.

The District Council of Robe is responsible for the care and control of Lake Butler, which is leased from TransportSA.


Currently 32 commercial fishing boats and 30 recreational boats moor in the lake. Other facilities include fuel bowsers, boat lifts via a straddle lift and hard standing boat storage area for repairs.


A volunteer Coastguard operates from Robe and transmits on Channel 82.

For any marine emergencies, contact the volunteer Coastguard on Channel 16.

For casual moorings or further information, please contact Council's General Inspector on 8768 2003, 0429 799 614 or A copy of your boat insurance is required for all bookings.


Robe Marina Precinct Guide

Robe Marina Precinct Map


Marina Redevelopment

The District Council of Robe is keen to redevelop Lake Butler to achieve the following:

1.Provide convenient and space efficient infrastructure, which will accommodate current mooringwaiting lists and the increasing demand for moorings.
2.Provide sufficient mooring depth and facilities of a standard that is desired by visiting yachts
3.Enhance Lake Butler's attractiveness to visitors through provision of hospitality and other amenities and by enhancing the lake's natural beauty and creating public spaces.

With Regional Assistance Program funding of $88,000 from DoTaRS, Council has engaged Maunsell Australia to prepare a Masterplan for the redevelopment. The Masterplan is expected to be completed around July 2003.

In 2002, Council finished construction of a 4-lane boat launching ramp at Lake Butler. The boat ramp was constructed with the help of $223,911 from the TransportSA's Recreation and Boating Fund. The facility includes 2 floating pontoons, 4-lanes, washdown area, toilets and car and trailer park.