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Ongoing Closure - Atkinsons Crossing, Lake Wivenhoe

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Last Updated: Monday, 22 January, 2024 - 08:22

the wivenhoe dam spillway on a sunny day

Spillway Common at Wivenhoe Dam will reopen on Monday 22 January 2024, with the exception of Atkinsons Crossing.

Ongoing closure of Atkinsons Crossing is to support community safety following an increase in occurrences of unlawful fishing and swimming around the Wivenhoe Dam wall and spillway.

The closure is an ongoing measure to prevent unsafe, unauthorised and unlawful conduct, with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries endorsing Seqwater’s decision to keep the site closed to help curb access and unsafe activity.

Swimming and fishing near a dam wall or spillway is dangerous and strictly prohibited, with offenders not just risking significant fines due to their actions, but their safety and the safety of those around them.

It is disappointing to maintain closure of Atkinsons Crossing due to the unauthorised actions of individuals, however we are committed to ensuring public safety and must put a stop to this behaviour.

With the Atkinsons Crossing closure including the paddle craft launch point, Seqwater will continue to provide paddle craft groups with planned access to Atkinsons Crossing, which can be arranged by visiting the Seqwater website.

In addition to the lookout at Spillway Common, a number of recreation options are available at Wivenhoe Dam.

At Cormorant Bay, visitors can fish and bushwalk, with picnic and BBQ facilities also available.

The Logan Inlet Day-Use Area also offers boating, paddle craft, fishing, swimming, and BBQ and picnic facilities.

At Wivenhoe Hill, visitors can mountain bike, bushwalk and ride horses across the 16-kilmometre multi-use trail network.

Following Council repairs to the Hine Road bridge, the Billies Bay and Hays Landing recreation sites at Wivenhoe Dam reopened on 10 January 2024, with both offering fishing and paddle craft, along with BBQ, toilet and picnic facilities. Billies Bay also offers electric and fuel-powered boating.

Swimming at Billies Bay is currently unauthorised due to low water levels.

A three-tonne limit on the Hine Road Bridge is in effect while Somerset Regional Council repair works continue.