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About Wivenhoe

Wivenhoe Dam is South East Queensland’s largest water storage and is the main supply of water for Brisbane and the greater Ipswich area.

Wivenhoe Dam was built on the Brisbane River, about 80 kilometres from Brisbane. It was designed by the Water Resources Commission and built in 1984.

The dam was built for the dual purpose of providing a safe and reliable water supply for the region and flood mitigation.

It is a gated dam which allows us to make controlled water releases during times of heavy rain. Wivenhoe Dam has a total storage capacity of 3.132 million megalitres.

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Current capacity

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Full supply capacity
1,165,240 ML
Current capacity
562,765 ML
at 9:20am 18/11/2019
  • KEY INFORMATION
  • WATER SOURCE
  • LIVING NEAR DAMS
  • Key information

    Name
    Wivenhoe

    Watercourse
    Brisbane River

    Location
    Upstream of Fernvale

    Catchment area
    7020.00km²

    Length of dam wall
    2300.00m

    Year completed
    1984

    Type of construction
    Zoned earth and rock fill embankment

    Flood mitigation
    2080000ML
  • Wivenhoe Dam is located on the Brisbane River in the Somerset Regional Council area.

    Wivenhoe Dam’s primary function is to provide a safe drinking water supply to the people of Brisbane and surrounding areas. It also provides flood mitigation.

    The dam wall is 2.3 kilometres long, with five radial gates to release water. Wivenhoe has a catchment area of 7020km2, and can store up to 1.165 million megalitres of water at full supply level.

    During a flood event, Wivenhoe is designed to hold back close to two million megalitres on top of its drinking water storage capacity.

  • Flood mitigation

    During a flood event, Wivenhoe Dam and Somerset Dam are managed in accordance with the Manual of Operational Procedures for Flood Mitigation at Wivenhoe Dam and Somerset Dam Revision 14 (November 2016).

    Wivenhoe Dam has a total storage capacity of 3.132 million megalitres.  At full supply level, it will hold 1.165 million megalitres. During a flood, Wivenhoe is designed to hold back close to two million megalitres on top of its drinking water storage capacity. The extra water is stored in the flood storage compartment and is called the flood mitigation storage. Read more about Wivenhoe 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 Wivenhoe Dam, this is Somerset Regional Council.

THINGS TO DO

Rowing at Hays Landing

Kayaking at Hays Landing

Fishing at Hays Landing

Stand up paddling at Hays Landing

Sailing at Billies Bay

Swimming at Billies Bay

Swimming at Billies Bay

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

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Fishing at Billies Bay

Fuel powered boating at Billies Bay

Fuel powered boating at Billies Bay

Restricted fuel powered boating is permitted on Lake Wivenhoe from the boat ramp at Billies Bay.

Vessels must be low-emission outboards/engines. This limits motors to four strokes or direct fuel-injected two strokes. Vessels are not to exceed six knots. If your boat is on the plane, you're going too fast.

Vessels are only to be operated from the designated boat ramp.

Please keep a safe distance

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Rowing at Billies Bay

Kayaking at Billies Bay

Camping at Lumley Hill, Lake Wivenhoe

Camping at Lumley Hill, Lake Wivenhoe

This site is run by private operators. For all enquiries and bookings please contact the camp grounds directly by:

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Canoeing at Billies Bay

Electric boating from Billies Bay

Electric boating from Billies Bay

The boat ramp at Billies Bay is located off Somerset-Wivenhoe Road.

Only operate your vessel from the designated boat ramp. 

When on the water, vessels are not to exceed six knots. If your boat is on the plane, you're going too fast.

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

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Stand up paddling at Billies Bay

Camping at Captain Logan, Lake Wivenhoe

Camping at Captain Logan, Lake Wivenhoe

This site is run by private operators.

For all enquiries and bookings please contact the camp grounds directly by:

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Canoeing at Logans Inlet

Kayaking at Logans Inlet

Rowing at Logans Inlet

Swimming at Logans Inlet

Swimming at Logans Inlet

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

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BBQs and picnics at Logans Inlet

Stand up paddling at Logans Inlet

Electric boating from Logans Inlet

Electric boating from Logans Inlet

There is a boat ramp at Logans Inlet Day Use 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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Restricted fuel powered boating at Logans Inlet

Restricted fuel powered boating at Logans Inlet

Restricted fuel powered boating is permitted on Lake Wivenhoe from the boat ramp at Logans Inlet.

Vessels must be low-emission outboards/engines. This limits motors to four strokes or direct fuel-injected two strokes. Vessels are not to exceed six knots. If your boat is on the plane, you're going too fast.

Vessels are only to be operated from the designated boat ramp.

Please keep a safe

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Sailing at Logans Inlet

Fishing at Logans Inlet

Bush walking at Wivenhoe Hill Trails

Mountain biking at Wivenhoe Hill Trails

Kayaking at Branch Creek

Fishing at Branch Creek

Rowing at Branch Creek

Stand up paddling at Branch Creek

Horse riding at Wivenhoe Hill Trails