Baroon Pocket Dam was built across Obi Obi Creek and completed in 1989. It is one of the 12 key water supply dams in the region, which supply up to 90 per cent of our drinking water supply.

It is an un-gated dam, meaning that when it reaches 100 per cent capacity, water flows over the spillway and safely out of the dam. If you would like to be notified when Baroon Pocket Dam begins to spill, please sign up to our free dam release notification service.


Lake Baroon is a quieter recreation lake, with only electric powered boats and paddle craft permitted on the water. Fishing, swimming and the surrounding trails are also popular activities.

Permits are not required for boating or fishing at Baroon.

Download the Lake Baroon Recreation Guide for detailed information about activities, as well as maps and important safety information.

Key facts

Name: Baroon Pocket Dam / Lake Baroon
Location: 7km north of Maleny
Catchment area: 72.0km 2
Length of dam wall: 370.0m
Year completed: 1988
Type of construction: Zoned earth & rock fill embankment
Fully supply capacity: 61000ML
Current capacity: 40,439 (66.3% full) at 25-10-2016 7:05am
Spillway level: 217.0mAHD