Hinze Dam - Eastern boat ramp closed

Seqwater advises that the Eastern boat ramp at Hinze Dam is now closed due to flooding of local roads.

We will re-open the boat ramp as soon as it is safe to do so.

All recreation areas closed due to severe weather

All recreation areas are closed due to the severe weather.

At this stage, all on-water recreation will be closed into next week.

We will re-open areas when it is safe to do so. 

For updates, check the Recreation and Safety Notices on our website or download the Seqwater app from the Apple Store or Google Play.

Expected rainfall and possible recreation area closures

Forecast rainfall associated with Ex Tropical Cyclone Debbie is likely to generate sufficient catchment runoff to Seqwater lakes, which may impact water quality. Seqwater is monitoring the situation closely, however, it is possible many primary contact recreation sites may be closed in the next 24 to 72 hours.

Any closures will be made in the interest of public health and safety. Primary contact activities such as swimming and skiing could result in exposure to pathogens, which may cause infections and gastroenteritis-like symptoms.

More information is available of Seqwater’s factsheets and FAQ pages here.

If sites are closed, Seqwater will regularly test water quality throughout any closure period and will re-open each site to water-based activities as soon as test results indicate it is safe to do so.

Check the Seqwater website here for the latest recreation and safety notices before you leave home.

Please follow the direction of Seqwater staff and signage on-site.

Lake Borumba - Water levels and boating access

Due to lower water levels, the boat ramp at Lake Borumba (Borumba Dam) was closed in November 2016 and a temporary ramp was installed for visitors.

The temporary ramp is accessible by 4WD vehicles only.

If the water level continues to drop, we will be required to close the temporary boat ramp.

Boat ramps at a number of our lakes are currently closed due to low water levels including Lake Baroon (northern only), Lake Atkinson and Lake Dyer.

Stage one of the boat ramp upgrade was completed in August 2016, with stage two due for delivery early-2017. Upgrading the existing boat ramp was the safest and most cost efficient solution for improving accessibility to the lake. It has been designed to meet Australian safety standards, however it becomes unsafe to use when water levels are much lower than usual at the lake.

We will continue to monitor water levels at Lake Borumba this week and provide further updates.

For more information, contact recreation@seqwater.com.au


New six knot speed limit at Lake Moogerah

A new six-knot speed limit is now in place at Lake Moogerah, in the northern section of the lake in Moogerah Gorge, at the mouth of Sandy Creek.

The changes have been gazetted by Maritime Safety Queensland and supported by Seqwater.

Please play it safe when boating on Lake Moogerah. Be aware of narrow inlet areas and submerged obstacles such as stumps and rocks, particularly when travelling at high speed.

Signage is being installed on site to advise lake users of the new restrictions. To view a map of restricted lake zones, click here.

For more information, visit www.seqwater.com.au/recreation

Six knot speed limits introduced at Lake Maroon

Six-knot speed limit zones will be introduced at two locations at Lake Maroon: one in the northern section of the lake in the basin adjacent to Slater Park and the Maroon Outdoor Education Centre, and the other in the southern sections of the lake at the mouth of Burnett Creek.

The changes have been gazetted by Maritime Safety Queensland and supported by Seqwater.

Please play it safe when boating on Lake Maroon. Be aware of narrow inlet areas and submerged obstacles such as stumps and rocks, particularly when travelling at high speed.

Signage is currently being installed by Seqwater to advise lake users of the new restrictions. To view a map of restricted lake zones, click here.

For more information, and to download a map of the restricted zones, visit www.seqwater.com.au/recreation

Lake Baroon - temporary closure of southern swimming area

The swimming area at the southern recreation area at Lake Baroon will be temporarily closed from Monday 16 January 2017 due to safety concerns arising from the reduced water levels.

The buoy line defining the swim area will be removed and signage placed at site advising of the closure. Maintenance work will be undertaken on the shoreline with a view to reinstating the swim area once the water returns to a safe level. Paddling and boating are unaffected by this closure however visitors should exercise additional care on the water as submerged hazards may be revealed as the water level reduces.

Please observe the directions of signage and staff on-site.

Lake Wyaralong - changes to camping at Meebun

From 31 January 2017, the Meebun camping area at Wyaralong Dam will be converted to a day use area. Camping will no longer be allowed.

The eight tent-only site has been subject to a number of operational and safety issues, which have created hygiene risks for visitors. The closure is a first step towards Seqwater’s master plan for recreation at Wyaralong and will help Seqwater deliver on a safe, clean and family friendly recreation space for the community.

The Ngumbi camp site continues to operate and is accessible by trails (no vehicular access). The Lilybrook camp site is also still operational, available for events by booking with recreation@seqwater.com.au
Visitors can find alternative camp sites in the area at www.visitscenicrim.com.au or the via the interactive recreation map at www.seqwater.com.au
For more information, please contact Seqwater on 1800 771 497 or email communications@seqwater.com.au

Lake Baroon Northern recreation swimming area permanently closed

In consideration of public safety issues at the Lake Baroon northern recreation area the swimming area will be permanently closed.

Surf Life Saving Queensland recently completed a safety review which found that the designated swimming area should not be reopened, due to submerged objects and the steep access and drop off at the swimming area.

The southern designated swimming area will remain available and there is potential for the swimming area to be extended later in the year to accommodate more people. A further outcome of the Surf Life Saving review will see the installation of new safety signage and a new style of buoy line at the site.
For more information please contact recreation@seqwater.com.au

Future recreation changes at Lake Samsonvale and Lake Kurwongbah

In the coming months, we will be working with local recreation clubs and neighbours to carefully plan future recreation changes to Lake Samsonvale (North Pine Dam) and Lake Kurwongbah (Sideling Creek Dam).

In the meantime, recreation arrangements will remain the same. Check our activity guides to find out what is currently permitted at the lake.

The future recreation changes will involve:

  • public paddle craft at Lake Samsonvale
  • public rowing, paddling and club skiing on Lake Kurwongbah, seven days a week.

In June 2015, we made changes to the shared recreation arrangement at Lake Kurwongbah, while we conducted the landmark water quality assessment at the neighbouring Lake Samsonvale. The Australian-first study found Lake Samsonvale is able to cope with the introduction of public paddle craft, in addition to the Lake Samsonvale Water Sports Association and Pine Rivers Fish Management Association’s continued use of the lake, without impacting drinking water quality. The study has increased Seqwater’s knowledge about the effect of recreation on water quality, which has allowed us to revise the current shared recreation arrangement on Lake Kurwongbah.

We appreciate your patience while we implement the changes. 

Lake Atkinson, Lake Dyer and Lake Clarendon temporarily closed

Lakes Atkinson, Dyer and Clarendon have been closed to all water based activities due to water quality issues and low water levels.

Please follow signage and directions of staff on-site.

We will open the lake as soon as it is safe to do so.



Changes to Wivenhoe and Somerset campgrounds

From 5pm on Friday 29 July 2016, an interim operator will manage the Lumley Hill and Captain Logan campgrounds at Lake Wivenhoe and the Lake Somerset campgrounds while a tender process is conducted. 

All existing or pre-paid bookings at the campground will be honoured by the new operators. Camping fees will remain unchanged. New bookings will be accepted from Saturday 30 July 2016. 

Contact details are:

Wivenhoe: 0428 310 740 or email Wivenhoe.Camping@seqwater.com.au 
Somerset: 0428 180 450 or email Somerset.ParkCamping@seqwater.com.au

Remain vigilant and be aware of changing lake conditions

Your safety is important - please remain vigilant and play it safe when visiting any of our dams, lakes and parks.

Rainfall can change the conditions of our lakes and recreation areas, so we urge all users to remain vigilant and be aware of hazards when recreating at our lakes.

It's not just excessive rain that can cause conditions at our lakes to change. Periods of low rain or drought, or increased usage at our irrigation dams often result in a lower water level at some of our lakes, such as Lake Atkinson.

If you are the skipper of a vessel or boat, it is your responsibility to ensure that the conditions are suitable for your particular activity. Submerged hazards including debris and natural hazards may be present, so lake users are reminded to remain vigilant at all times. You can keep yourself and your passengers safe by:

checking the area you intend to use to determine whether it is safe for your activity

  • keeping a proper lookout when using towing apparatus
  • maintaining a safe speed suitable for the conditions
  • wearing your life jacket
  • keeping a good lookout when using towing apparatus.
Northern boat ramp at Lake Baroon closed

The boat ramp at the Northern Recreation Area at Lake Baroon is to closed to boats and trailers until further notice.

For your safety, please use the boat ramp at the Southern Recreation Area.

We are working on fixing the problem and the ramp will be opened as soon as it is appropriate to do so.

People with paddle craft are still permitted to use the ramp.  

Snakes live in natural areas – be alert!

With the warmer months upon us, snakes are now out and about. It is important for visitors to Seqwater recreation areas to be vigilant of nature's hazards – remember that you are in their home!

You should be observant and aware that venomous snake species can be encountered. It is a good idea to learn what to do in the case of a snake bite and how to effectively apply first-aid.