Play it safe when swimming in our designated areas - still water can still be dangerous.
While your safety is important to us, it is your responsibility. There are no lifeguards on duty at our designated swimming areas. Our rangers regularly patrol lakes and recreation areas but they can't be everywhere to help you. Follow these simple rules:
- Only swim in designated swimming areas at lakes where swimming is permitted. These areas are marked with buoys on the water
- Swimming or paddling near the dam walls, in the spillway, in weirs or fast flowing waterways is strictly prohibited and can be fatal
- Always know where your children are – there are no lifeguards here.
- Never dive into water where you can't see the bottom.
- Still water can still be dangerous - monitor conditions and be aware there could be submerged obstacles or uneven ground underfoot.
- Wear a lifejacket.
- Do not swim after drinking alcohol.
- Use common sense and follow safety signage.
Download our swimming fact sheet.
For an organised event involving aquatic activities, such as swimming, you may need to submit an Aquatic Event Application to Maritime Safety Queensland.
Remember, our lakes and surrounding catchments are home to a variety of flora and fauna. Please be aware that when you choose to recreate in natural areas such as beaches, rivers and streams, there are natural hazards associated with this including bites and stings from insects, snake bites etc. Always check our recreation and safety notices before heading out. Use our interactive recreation map or the activity guide below to find the best lake to suit your recreation needs, or view our one page recreation guide.
Designated swimming areas
Use the activity guide below to see which lakes have designated swimming areas. Please take care and only swim in the permitted swimming zone.