Lake Manchester

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About Lake Manchester

Lake Manchester was originally constructed in 1916, making it one of the regions earliest dams, and was upgraded in 2008 to increase its storage capacity.

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 Lake Manchester 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
26,217 ML
Current capacity
23,223 ML
at 6:11pm 20/10/2019
  • KEY INFORMATION
  • WATER SOURCE
  • LIVING NEAR DAMS
  • Key information

    Name
    Lake Manchester

    Watercourse
    Cabbage Tree Creek

    Location
    25 km west of Brisbane

    Catchment area
    74.00km²

    Length of dam wall
    188.00m

    Year completed
    1916

    Type of construction
    Mass concrete gravity dam

  • Lake Manchester is located approximately 25 kilometres west of Brisbane and is part of the SEQ Water Grid. The dam was upgraded in 2008 to increase its storage capacity.

    The lake has a catchment area of 74 km2 and holds 26,217 million litres of water at full supply.

  • 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 Lake Manchester, this is Brisbane City Council.

THINGS TO DO

Horse riding at Blue Gum Flats, Lake Manchester

Mountain biking at Blue Gum Flats, Lake Manchester

Bush walking at Lake Manchester

Canoeing at Lake Manchester

Kayaking at Lake Manchester

Stand up paddling at Lake Manchester

BBQ and picnic at Lake Manchester

Fishing at Lake Manchester

Horse riding at Lake Manchester

Mountain biking at Lake Manchester