All the lakes and dams of the Central Tablelands are man made. The larger water storages were built to supply water for agriculture, early steam railways, town water supply and local industry such as power stations and mining.

The major lakes and dams of the area are listed below.

Ben Chifley Dam
Burraga Dam
Burrendong Dam
Lake Canobolas
Carcoar Dam
Dunns Swamp
Glenmore Park Loch
Gosling Creek Reservoir
Lake Lyell
Oberon Dam
Penrith Lakes
Rylstone Dam
Thompsons Creek Dam (Wallerawang Dam)
Lake Wallace
Wentworth Falls Lake
Lake Windamere
Wyangala Dam
Warragamba Dam (Lake Burragorang) – NO FISHING