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Department of Energy and Water Supply

State-owned dams and weirs

The Department of Energy and Water Supply owns and manages 21 dams and weirs across Queensland which provide a range of services to the community including recreation, irrigation, fire-fighting and rural water supply.

The remainder of the Queensland Government's water resources and pipelines are managed by Seqwater and SunWater. Visit their sites to read about management of this important infrastructure.

Some of our dams are open for the community to enjoy activities such as fishing, canoeing, kayaking, boating and other water sports. Your safety is important to us but it is your responsibility to be safe by:

  • looking out for potential hazards and risks before entering the water, including rocks and tree branches near the shoreline
  • being prepared for your activity with appropriate equipment and safety gear, such as life jackets
  • always reading the available signs near waterways
  • checking if there are any specific restrictions or permit requirements. For information and tips on freshwater boating visit Maritime Safety Queensland
  • being aware of the recreational fishing rules and regulations when fishing in waterways and dams in Queensland. Visit the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website for more information.

Where our dams are referable dams, we also link to their emergency action plan in the map below.

Some of the smaller dams and weirs are permanently closed to the public for safety reasons. The map indicates which dams are open to the public in green and those that are closed in red.

Map

  • Recreational dams and weirs open to the public

    • Charles Lloyd Jones Weir
      Located on the Alice River, Isisford Road, 15km south west of Barcaldine. GPS
      -23.6500 145.2166. Overnight camping (dry weather road only), picnic area with BBQ, public toilets, fishing, pets allowed, water (not suitable for drinking), mobile reception and big rig access.
    • Copperfield River Gorge Dam (Kidston)
      Located on the Copperfield River near Kidston, 60km south of Einasleigh. GPS -19.0360 144.1233. Overnight camping, gravel boat ramp, public toilet, water (not suitable for drinking). Popular fishing spot.
    • Corella Dam
      Located on the Corella River 50km west of Cloncurry North. GPS -20.8372 140.0461. Overnight camping, fishing and gravel boat ramp. Public toilets and picnic shelters at Clem Walton Park 2km away. Poor mobile reception.
    • East Leichhardt Dam (Lake Mary Kathleen)
      Located on private property on the East Leichhardt River between Mt Isa and Cloncurry, 30km east of Mount Isa. GPS -20.7885 139.7920. Four wheel drive access only. Gravel boat ramp and fishing. Overnight camping is permitted however there are no facilities provided. No mobile reception.
    • Isis River Barrage
      Located on the Isis River near Childers. GPS -25.2282 152.4482. Day use only. No camping permitted. No facilities provided.
    • Jumna Dam
      Located on the tribute of Jumna Creek near the heritage town of Irvinebank, west of Herberton. Camping permitted. Great location for fishing and recreation activities. Picnic shelter provided.
    • Loudon Dam
      Located on Gibbs Creek in the heritage town of Irvinebank, 20km west of Herberton, GPS -17.4287 145.2010. Overnight camping and bush shelter. Public toilets, water (not suitable for drinking), hotel, fuel and limited supplies. No mobile reception.
    • Nanango Weir
      Located on Barker Creek, 7km north-west of Nanango. GPS -26.6501 151.9244. Day use only, no facilities. The weir is usually full, though long dry periods can affect water levels.
    • Proston Weir
      Located on the Stuart River, 5km south-west from Proston. GPS -26.2005 151.5735. Day use only, no facilities. No camping or power boating permitted. The weir is usually full, though long dry periods can affect water levels.
  • Dams and weirs not open to the public

    • Barambah Creek Weir (located on Barambah Creek)
    • Cressbrook Creek Weir (located on Cressbrook Creek near Toogoolawah)
    • Crooks Dam (located on Return Creek near Mt Garnet)
    • Glen Niven Dam (located on Four Mile Creek near Stanthorpe)
    • Kariboe Weir (located on Kariboe Creek near Thangool)
    • Left and Right Banks Slimes Dam (located on Crooks Dam, Mt Garnet)
    • Lower Cressbrook Creek Weir (located on Cressbrook Creek near Toogoolawah)
    • Mungungo Weir (located on Monal Creek near Monto)
    • Thangool Weir (located on Kariboe Creek near Thangool)
    • Tipton Weir (located on the Condamine River near Cecil Plains)
    • Wyndham Dam (located on Wyndham Creek near Mt Garnet, approx. 50 km west of Ravenshoe and 20 km north of Mount Garnet)
  • Management

    The management of state-owned assets means maintaining their value, minimising costs and maximising benefit to the public.

    Our asset maintenance strategies include:

    • Condition-based maintenance
    • Periodic and comprehensive inspections: all referable dams are periodically assessed for structural integrity, age and remaining life, the ability to continue to meet its purpose and Level of Service obligation.
    • Dam safety reviews and workplace health and safety audits: all assets are assessed to comply with the Queensland dam safety management guidelines

    Significant projects in 2017-18

    • Finalise project planning for Glen Niven Dam upgrade.
    • Undertake erosion and sediment control rehabilitation works associated with the Crooks Dam.
    • Commence refurbishment works to the Charles Lloyd Jones Weir.
    • Upgrade and repairs to the Kariboe Weir.

Find out more

For more information, feedback or to become involved in the operation and maintenance of our assets, please email: nca@dews.qld.gov.au.

Last updated:
19 October 2017
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