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

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Full supply capacity
61,000 ML
Current capacity
54,727 ML
at 6:00pm 20/10/2019
  • KEY INFORMATION
  • WATER SOURCE
  • LIVING NEAR DAMS
  • Key information

    Name
    Baroon Pocket

    Watercourse
    Obi Obi Creek

    Location
    Approximately 7 km north of Maleny

    Catchment area
    67.00km²

    Length of dam wall
    370.00m

    Year completed
    1988

    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

THINGS TO DO

Sailing at Lake Baroon (Northern Recreation Area)

Sailing at Lake Baroon (Southern Recreation Area)

Rowing at Lake Baroon (Southern Recreation Area)

Rowing at Lake Baroon (Northern Recreation Area)

Electric boating at Southern Recreation Area

Electric boating at Southern Recreation Area

There is a boat ramp at the Southern Recreation Area of Lake Baroon.

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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Kayaking at Lake Baroon (Northern Recreation Area)

Stand up paddling at Northern Recreation Area

BBQs and Picnics at Northern Recreation Area

Kayaking at Lake Baroon (Southern Recreation Area)

Swimming at Baroon's Southern Recreation Area

Swimming at Baroon's Southern Recreation Area

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

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Canoeing at Southern Recreation Area

Fishing at Southern Recreation Area

Fishing at Northern Recreation Area

Fishing at Northern Recreation Area

You can fish from your vessel 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 wildlife.

Fishing

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BBQs and picnics at Southern Recreation Area

Electric boating from Northern Recreation Area

Electric boating from Northern Recreation Area

Electric powered boating is permitted on Lake Baroon.

There is a boat ramp located at the Northern Recreation 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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Canoeing at Northern Recreation Area

Canoeing at Northern Recreation Area

Access from boat ramps at Southern and Northern Recreation areas.

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Stand up paddling at Baroon's Southern Recreation Area

Picnic at Spillway Lookout Recreation Area

Walking trails at Baroon Pocket

Martin Williams Walk, Baroon Pocket