Lake Manchester is located approximately 25 kilometres west of Brisbane and is part of South East Queensland’s 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 Lake Manchester Dam begins to spill, please sign up to our free dam release notification service.


No water-based recreation activities are currently permitted at Lake Manchester; however, there are facilities around the lake including multi-use trails and picnic areas.

As a result of the Recreation Review, we are working to implement a number of new initiatives:

  • The lake will be opened to paddle craft once a suitable launch point is established and funding secured
  • Fishing – both from paddle craft and the shoreline – will be premitted once the paddle craft access is established

Please read the Lake Manchester Recreation Guide for more information. 

Key facts

Name: Lake Manchester
Watercourse: Cabbage Tree Creek
Location: 25 km west of Brisbane
Catchment area: 74.0km 2
Length of dam wall: 188.0m
Year completed: 1916; upgraded in 2008
Type of construction: Mass concrete gravity dam
Fully supply capacity: 26217ML
Current capacity: 25,271 (96.4% full) at 25-10-2014 6:17am