Sideling Creek (Lake Kurwongbah)

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About Sideling Creek Dam

Also known as Lake Kurwongbah, Sideling Creek Dam is located in the Moreton Bay Regional Council area and forms part of the SEQ Water Grid.

The dam is built on a tributary of the Pine River. It was commissioned in 1957 and upgraded in 1969.

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 Sideling Creek Dam begins to spill, sign up to our free dam release notification service or download our public safety mobile app.

The surrounding environment and recreation facilities available make Lake Kurwongbah are popular for a variety of activities.

Download the Lake Kurwongbah Recreation Guide for more information.

Current capacity

Full supply capacity
14,192 ML
Current capacity
8,769 ML
at 2:36pm 14/10/2019
  • Key information

    Sideling Creek (Lake Kurwongbah)

    Sideling Creek

    Near Petrie

    Catchment area

    Length of dam wall

    Year completed

    Type of construction
    Zoned earth embankment with a concrete spillway

  • Lake Kurwongbah is located adjacent to the urban populations of Lawnton, Kallangur, Petrie and Warner.

    The dam stores water for drinking, as part of the SEQ Water Grid. With a catchment area of 53km2, Sideling Creek Dam can hold up to 14,192 million litres of water at full supply.

    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 Sideling Creek Dam, this is Moreton Bay Regional Council.


Kayaking at Lake Kurwongbah

Canoeing at Lake Kurwongbah

Rowing at Lake Kurwongbah

Fishing at Kurwongbah Park

BBQs and picnic at Mick Hanfling Park

Fishing at Mick Hanfling Park

Stand up paddling at Lake Kurwongbah

BBQs and picnic at Tukuwompa Park

Fishing at Tukuwompa Park

BBQs and picnics at McGavins View

Fishing at McGavin View

BBQs and picnics at Bullocky Rest

Bush walking at Bullockys Rest

Fishing at Bullocky Rest

BBQs and picnic at Forgan Park

Bush walking at Forgan Park

Fishing at Forgan Park

Walking trails at Forgan Cove

BBQs and picnic at Forgan Cove

Canoeing at Forgan Cove

Fishing at Forgan Cove

Kayaking at Forgan Cove

Rowing at North Pine Dam

Stand up paddling at Forgan Cove