Several sites closed primary recreation including swimming and water-skiing

As a result of the recent storm, several recreational sites remain closed to primary recreation including swimming and water-skiing until further notice:

  • Lake Borumba
  • Lake Baroon
  • Ewen Maddock
  • Lake Kurwongbah
  • Enoggera Reservoir
  • Lake Maroon

Please play it safe and observe the direction of signage and staff on site.

We will continue to monitor inflows and water quality at each site, and will re-open the lakes as soon as possible.

Lake Dyer is open for paddling but remains closed for swimming and fuel powered vessels

The latest assessment indicates that Lake Dyer/Atkinson dam can be reopened to Paddle craft activities only. Due to the reduced water levels the swimming area is not able to be used and the boat ramp will remained closed to trailerable vessels.

Paddlers are asked to please exercise extreme caution when accessing Lake Dyer/ Atkinson dam due to the reduced water level which is currently 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.

Changes to Wivenhoe Information Centre opening hours

The opening hours of the Wivenhoe Information Centre have changed. The new hours are:

  • Monday to Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday to Friday: 8.30am to 5.00 pm (unless education experiences are being conducted)
  • Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
  • Closed: Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day

The centre will continue to operate as a base for our school and community education program from Wednesday to Sunday inclusive each week. It's important to note the centre may be closed at times during the day when education staff are in the field leading educational experiences.

Alternative toilet facilities are located at Cormorant Bay (approx. 5 min drive on the Brisbane Valley Highway south-east, towards Ipswich) and Logan's Inlet (approx. 5 minutes drive on the Brisbane Valley Highway north-west, towards Esk).

You can still access information about recreation facilities and alternative location to purchase boating permits for Wivenhoe and Somerset dams at any time by visiting


Recreation site opening hours change from 1 May 2016

From 1 May 2016, the opening hours at our recreation lakes and parks will change to 6.30 am - 5.30 pm until the end of August 2016.

This is part of the 12 month trial of extended recreation hours which started from Tuesday 1 December 2015. The new hours are:

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

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.

Neranwood Horse Trails, Hinze Dam closed for repair

The Neranwood Horse Trails at Hinze Dam are temporarily closed while we undertake maintenance and rectification works.

Visitors are not permitted to access the trails during works, which will be completed as soon as possible. 

We will update the website, Facebook and Twitter when the trails are re-opened.

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

Lake Clarendon closed to all water based recreation

Lake Clarendon is temporarily closed to all water-based recreation due to poor water quality.

Seqwater is performing regular water quality testing and will re-open Lake Clarendon to water-based activities as soon as possible.

Seqwater apologises to visitors for any inconvenience caused by the lake’s closure.

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.  

Moodlu Quarry – Public safety notice

Some members of the community, including children, are putting their safety at risk to gain entry to Moodlu Quarry.

Seqwater, in partnership with Unitywater, has double-fenced the quarry and provided around the clock security. This is due to the instability of the cliff faces/edges of the quarry and the toxicity levels of the water.

The storage is a closed system and the water toxicity does not pose any risk to the surrounding groundwater or environment, however, it is not safe for swimming or other water-based activities.

Despite the measures taken by Seqwater and Unitywater to secure the area, there are still members of the community who are illegally accessing the quarry at great personal risk.

Seqwater urges residents and members of the public to report any incidents of people seen in the quarry by calling 1800 771 497, or Police (000) if someone is in immediate danger.

Signage is in place around the quarry fence which explain the risks since May/June 2012. 

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this issue further, please email