Paddlers at a popular Sunshine Coast dam will now find it easier to get their craft into the water thanks to improved access to the launching point.

The improved access was one of the outcomes of the most extensive review of South East Queensland’s dams and catchments ever undertaken.

Ewen Maddock Dam is a popular destination for paddle craft users and community feedback as part of the review highlighted the need for easier access to the launching point.

Feedback from paddlers was that they found it difficult to manoeuvre kayaks and canoes on the existing pathway. Work has now been completed by Seqwater to address this issue.

This improvement combined with the new trailer parking at Maddock Park will make it easier for paddle craft users to access the great facilities at Ewen Maddock Dam.

Recreation activities at Ewen Maddock Dam and Lake Baroon were reviewed together, with high community interest in these lakes.

As a result of feedback, Seqwater considered a number of options to make access to the Ewen Maddock launch point easier.

For operational reasons, Seqwater is unable to establish a direct access point from the car park to the water’s edge.

However, the changes that have been made to the pathway will make it easier for paddlers to reach the water.

To find out more about Seqwater’s recreation review or for a copy of the recreation guides for Lake Baroon and Ewen Maddock Dam, visit

The Seqwater recreation review began eight months ago and so far more than 3000 organisations and individuals have taken the opportunity to help shape the future of recreation at Seqwater’s dams and catchments.

The review will continue over the coming months, with consultation on future recreation opportunities at more lakes across the region and anyone with an interest is encouraged to be involved.