Spend the day at one of Queensland’s many lakes and catchments this summer.

You don’t have to travel to the coast to relax by the water, with more than 20 approved recreational dams on offer for swimming, fishing, canoeing and boating.

The Queensland government has undertaken an extensive recreation review of south-east Queensland’s lakes and catchments and will now be allowing restricted fuel-powered boats at Wivenhoe Dam and fishing and conoeing will be allowed at Somerset Dam.

Premier Campbell Newman says with summer almost here and hotter days ahead, some of our great lakes could become the next place to escape and cool down.

“These lakes are some of our most beautiful locations and present so many options that haven’t previously been explored,” Mr Newman said.

Key recreation changes for Wivenhoe, Somerset and Atkinson Dams include:

• The introduction of restricted fuel-powered boats at Wivenhoe. Vessels with low emission engines travelling at a maximum speed of six knots will be allowed this summer

• New northern access points at Somerset Dam for fishing and canoeing

• New walking trails around Wivenhoe Dam

• New stop-off points for paddle craft around Wivenhoe and Somerset Dams

• A new designated swimming area at Atkinson Dam

Seqwater Chief Executive Officer, Terri Benson says Seqwater was again expecting bumper crowds over the coming summer and holiday season.

“Based on previous year’s figures, we can expect to see more than 150,000 visitors to our dams and recreation facilities over the Christmas and New Year period,” she says.

To coincide with the influx of visitors over summer, Seqwater has launched a ‘be DAM smart’campaign to encourage people to rethink their behaviour to keep Queensland waterways safe to visit.

“We are urging people to ‘be DAM smart’ – for example, boats and jet skiers keeping their distance from swimmers and paddlers, being courteous to other people whether it be on boat ramps, campsites and on the road, not littering and importantly, supervising children at all times.” Benson says.


Have you taken a day trip at one of Queensland’s dams before? Will you consider it this summer?