Baroon Pocket

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About Baroon Pocket

Baroon Pocket Dam was built across Obi Obi Creek and completed in 1989. Located between Maleny and Montville in the Sunshine Coast, Baroon Pocket Dam supplies drinking water to the region as part of the SEQ Water Grid.

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, sign up to our free dam release notification service or download our public safety mobile app.

Current capacity

Full supply volume
61,000 ML
Current volume
59,000 ML
at 1:30am 26/07/2024
  • Key information

    Baroon Pocket

    Obi Obi Creek

    Approximately 7 km north of Maleny

    Catchment area

    Length of dam wall

    Year completed

    Type of construction
    Zoned earth and rock fill embankment

  • Baroon Pocket Dam, built across Obi Obi Creek, was completed in 1989 and is 370 metres long. The lake has a surface area of 380 hectares and at full capacity holds 61,000 megalitres of water.

    The main purpose of Baroon Pocket is to supply drinking water, as part of the SEQ Water Grid. The lake also provides a range of outdoor recreation facilities for the community to enjoy.

    Read more about the SEQ Water Grid.

  • Flood mitigation

    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 Baroon Pocket Dam, this is Sunshine Coast Regional Council