The Cooloolabin Dam is located approximately 5 kilometres from Yandina, across Rocky Creek.

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 Cooloolabin Dam begins to spill, please sign up to our free dam release notification service.


Shore-based fishing is permitted at Cooloolabin Dam. No permit is required but no sinkers or live bait can be used.

Picnic facilities are also available and Mapleton State Forest provides recreational opportunities for bushwalkers.

Download the Cooloolabin Dam Recreation Guide* for detailed information about activities, as well as maps and important safety information.

Note: Recreation at, and access to, our sites may have changed since the recreation guides were published in 2014. We are in the process of updating these guides to simple one-page recreation maps. Until then, please refer to for the most recent updates about recreation activities and site access.

Key facts

Name: Cooloolabin Dam
Watercourse: Rocky Creek
Location: Near Yandina
Catchment area: 8.1km 2
Length of dam wall: 243.0m
Year completed: 1979
Fully supply capacity: 8183ML
Current capacity: 7,950 (97.2% full) at 20-08-2019 8:41am
Spillway level: 293.0mAHD