Lake Baroon Northern recreation swimming area temporarily closed

The swimming area at Lake Baroon Northern Recreation Area is temporarily closed due to low water levels.

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

The swimming area at the Southern Recreation Area remains open or you can locate alternate recreation areas via our interactive map at

Lake Samsonvale - McGavin View maintenance works

The McGavin View recreation area at Lake Samsonvale is temporarily closed for maintenance.

Visitors are not permitted to access the site during work, which should be completed by Friday 4 November.

We thank you for your patience during the closure. You can locate alternate recreation areas via our interactive map at

The recreation area will be reopened as soon as possible.

Be aware of swooping magpies

Visitors are reminded that it is magpie nesting season. Please be aware of swooping magpies when visiting our parks and natural areas.

Nesting season occurs from spring to early summer. During this time, it is recommended that you avoid areas known to have nesting magpies.

Here are some helpful tips to help you play it safe and avoid swooping magpies:
- Consider an alternative route or a safer location
- Wear a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses or use an umbrella as shelter to protect your face
- If a magpie swoops while cycling, get off your bike and walk past the nesting area
- Wave sticks or umbrellas in the air, or attach brightly coloured zip ties to your helmet as a deterrent
- Do not throw rocks or sticks at the bird - this will only increase the bird's aggression.

For more information visit

Lake Baroon - Northern Recreation area closed for maintenance

The Northern Recreation area at Lake Baroon will be temporarily closed for maintenance on Monday 24 October 2016.

Visitors are not permitted to access the site during this work.

Thank you for your patience. You can locate alternate recreation areas via our interactive map at

Moogerah Dam - Be aware of nesting catfish in swimming area

There have been reports of nesting eel-tail catfish in the designated swimming area at Moogerah Dam.

Catfish are very protective of their nest while they have eggs, however they do not have sharp teeth or poisonous spines, but they will nip to ward off anything that comes too close.

The breeding season generally only lasts a few weeks, so please be aware of the catfish if you choose to swim.

Lake Clarendon re-opens to permitted water-based activities

Lake Clarendon has re-opened to all permitted water-based activities.

Paddlers are asked to exercise extreme caution when accessing Lake Clarendon due to reduced water levels – currently at 15% capacity.

Conditions in the lake may have changed during the closure. Please remain vigilant and be aware of submerged hazards.

Thank you for your patience during the recent temporary closure of the lake.

Recreation site opening hours change from 1 September 2016

From 1 September 2016, the opening hours of our lakes and parks will change to 5:30am until 6:30pm, as part of our year-long trial of extended opening hours.

The trial hours are:

  • September – April: 5.30 am – 6.30 pm
  • May – August: 6.30 am – 5.30 pm 

We will trial the new hours until 30 November 2016. During this trial, we encourage you to let us know what you think of the new hours by calling 1800 737 928 or emailing

Your feedback will help us make a decision as to whether the new hours will remain permanently, at the end of the trial.

For more information read our media release or download the fact sheet, and remember to play it safe when visiting our dams, lakes and parks this summer.

Pest baiting around Lake Samsonvale from 6 September 2016

As a part of our work to manage wild dogs around North Pine Dam, Seqwater will be laying Sodium fluoroacetate (1080) baits around Lake Samsonvale from Tuesday 6 September 2016.

Visitors are urged to remain vigilant and to follow the directions of signage and staff on site.

The baits will be collected on Monday 12 September 2016.

This work is a part of a broader pest management program managed by Moreton Bay Regional Council

Work underway at Lake Wivenhoe recreation site

Work is underway to revitalise a picturesque recreation area at Lake Wivenhoe.

We’re restoring Billies Bay and Hays Landing, with the project expected to be complete ahead of the 2016-17 summer.

The Seqwater project includes upgrades to the existing facilities so we can reopen the parkland to the public.

Construction got underway after the recent completion of a new timber bridge that provides access to the area.

Somerset Regional Council partnered with the Queensland Government to build the new bridge.

Billies Bay and Hays Landing will remain closed to the public until work is complete.

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 
Somerset: 0428 180 450 or email

Lake Dyer is open to paddlecraft but closed to all other water-based recreation

We have reopened Lake Dyer to paddlecraft activities only. Due to the reduced water levels, the swimming area cannot be used and the boat ramp will remain closed to trailerable vessels.

Paddlers are asked to please exercise extreme caution when accessing Lake Dyer due to the reduced water level. The dam level is less than 10%.

Paddlers should remain vigilant at all times as conditions in the lake may have changed during the closure and previously submerged hazards may become visible.

Thank you for your patience during the recent temporary closure of the lake.

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.
Lake Atkinson is temporarily closed to all water-based recreation

Lake Atkinson is temporarily closed to all water-based recreation due to high levels of bacteria detected during routine testing.

The closure is a precautionary measure in the interest of public safety. Exposure to bacteria could result in gastroenteritis-like symptoms.

We are performing regular water quality testing, and will re-open Lake Atkinson as soon as possible.

We thank you for your patience during the closure and ask visitors to observe signage and follow the directions of staff on-site.

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.