Clarendon Dam is an off-stream storage, located east of Gatton and supplies water to the Central Lockyer irrigation scheme, supporting local producers.
Completed in 1992, 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 Clarendon Dam begins to spill, please sign up to our free dam release notification service.
Paddlers and anglers can discover the serenity of Lake Clarendon, with an established launch point for paddlecraft access. Download the Lake Clarendon Recreation Guide for detailed information on activities, as well as maps and important safety information.
- KEY INFORMATION
- WATER SOURCE
- LIVING NEAR DAMS
Location10 km north-east of Gatton
Length of dam wall4200.00m
Type of constructionZoned earth fill embankment with a central clay core
Lake Clarendon is an off-stream storage completed in 1992. The lake is 10km north-east of Gatton, has a catchment area of 3.4 km2 and holds 24,276 megalitres of water at full supply.
Lake Clarendon provides water to the Central Lockyer Valley irrigation scheme. The water level in the lake varies depending on rainfall and demand from irrigation customers.
Read more about the Central Lockyer Valley scheme.
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 Clarendon Dam, this is Lockyer Valley Regional Council.