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About Atkinson

Atkinson Dam was completed in 1970 and is part of the Lower Lockyer irrigation system. 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.

Water level at Atkinson Dam has reached below minimum reading levels. As a result of extremely low water levels, there are supply limitations and recreation restrictions at Lake Atkinson. Under normal conditions, Atkinson Dam supplies water for irrigation as part of the Lower Lockyer Water Supply Scheme and is typically a popular recreation destination for water-based and land-based activities.

If you would like to be notified when Atkinson Dam begins to spill, sign up to our free dam release notification service or download our public safety mobile app.

Current capacity

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Full supply capacity
30,401 ML
Current capacity
1,637 ML
at 6:00pm 20/10/2019
  • KEY INFORMATION
  • WATER SOURCE
  • LIVING NEAR DAMS
  • Key information

    Name
    Atkinson

    Watercourse
    Buaraba Creek / Atkinson's Lagoon

    Location
    At the outlet of Atkinson's Lagoon between Buaraba Creek and Lockyer Creek

    Catchment area
    32.72km²

    Length of dam wall
    2082.00m

    Year completed
    1970

    Type of construction
    Zoned earthfill embankment

  • Atkinson Dam is about two kilometres long. The lake has a surface area of 555 hectares and holds up to 30,401 megalitres of water at full supply.

    Water from Lake Atkinson is primarily used for irrigation purposes. It is part of the Lower Lockyer Valley Water Supply Scheme.

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  • All dams help mitigate flooding to some extent. The peak outflow from a gated or un-gated dam during a flood event is less than the peak outflow that would have occurred had the dam not been built, because some water is held in the dam while it is spilling. This means that water flow slows down as floods pass through the dam.

    It’s important neighbours and people downstream of dams know what to do in the unlikely event of an emergency. Each of our dams have an emergency action plan (EAP) in place to enable us to respond quickly to potential incidents in partnership with the Bureau of Meteorology, relevant emergency services and local councils. For Atkinson Dam, this is Somerset Regional Council.

THINGS TO DO

BBQs and picnics at Atkinson Dam

BBQs and picnics at Atkinson Dam

BBQ and picnic facilities are available at Lake Atkinson Day Use Area.

Facilities

  • Car park
  • Boat ramp
  • Shelters
  • Playground
  • Public toilets
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Swimming at Lake Atkinson

Swimming at Lake Atkinson

The designated swimming area is marked with buoys on the water.

Important closure notice

Lake Atkinson is currently closed to all water-based activities due to low water levels and water quality issues. We will open the lake as soon as it is safe to do so.

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Dogs on leash area at Atkinson Dam

Dogs on leash area at Atkinson Dam

Dogs on leashes are permitted only in the Day Use Area. They must remain on a leash at all times. The areas surrounding our lakes are home to an abundance of native wildlife. You can protect them by controlling your dog and not letting them disturb the wildlife that lives in the area.

To protect our drinking water, please do not allow your dog to enter the lake, foreshore area or boat ramp. Bring

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Swimming at Lake Dyer

Swimming at Lake Dyer

The designated swimming area is marked with buoys on the water.

Important closure notice

Lake Dyer is currently closed to all water-based activities due to low water levels and water quality issues. We will open the lake as soon as it is safe to do so.

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Fishing at Atkinson Dam

Fishing at Atkinson Dam

You can fish from your boat or paddle craft or along the shore of the designated recreation area. Much of the land surrounding the lake is private property. Accessing private land to fish is not permitted.

Remember the lake is home to an abundance of wildlife. It’s very important to ensure that all rubbish, especially fishing line and hooks, are disposed of properly to avoid serious harm to

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Electric boating at Atkinson Dam

Electric boating at Atkinson Dam

There is a boat ramp at Atkinson Dam Day Use Area.

Vessels are only to be operated from the designated boat ramp. 

Please keep a safe distance from other lake users. 

All activities on Seqwater lakes are covered by the Boating Regulations set by Maritime Safety Queensland (msq.qld.gov.au).

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Rowing at Atkinson Dam

Rowing at Atkinson Dam

Boating is a very popular activity at Lake Atkinson for fishermen, nature lovers and those who enjoy the thrill of water skiing or jet skiing. Motorised and non-motorised watercraft are permitted on the lake.

The boat ramp is located at the Day Use Area.

For your safety and to protect the riparian areas around the lake, boats and vessels are only to be operated from designated launch points.

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Stand up paddling at Atkinson

Kayaking at Atkinson Dam

Kayaking at Atkinson Dam

Boating is a very popular activity at Lake Atkinson for fishermen, nature lovers and those who enjoy the thrill of water skiing or jet skiing. Motorised and non-motorised watercraft are permitted on the lake.

The boat ramp is located at the Day Use Area.

For your safety and to protect the riparian areas around the lake, boats and vessels are only to be operated from designated launch points.

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Water skiing from Lake Atkinson Day Use Area

Jetskiing from Lake Atkinson Day Use Area

Tubing from Lake Atkinson Day Use Area

Fuel powered boating at Atkinson Dam

Fuel powered boating at Atkinson Dam

Fuel powered boating is permitted on Lake Atkinson.

To access the lake, there is a boat ramp located at the Day Use Area. Vessels are only to be operated from the designated boat ramp.

Please keep a safe distance from other lake users. All activities on Seqwater lakes are covered by the Boating Regulations set by Maritime Safety Queensland (msq.qld.gov.au).

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Sailing at Atkinson Dam

Sailing at Atkinson Dam

Boating is a very popular activity at Lake Atkinson for fishermen, nature lovers and those who enjoy the thrill of water skiing or jet skiing. Motorised and non-motorised watercraft are permitted on the lake.

The boat ramp is located at the Day Use Area.

For your safety and to protect the riparian areas around the lake, boats and vessels are only to be operated from designated launch points.

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Wakeboarding from Lake Atkinson Day Use Area