Lake Manchester is located approximately 25 kilometres west of Brisbane and is part of South East Queensland’s drinking water supply.

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


Motorised watercrafts are not permitted on Lake Manchester. However, there are facilities around the lake including multi-use trails and picnic areas.

There is also a remote camp site, Blue Gum Flats, at Lake Manchester available for group bookings. Visit our camping page for more information or contact for booking enquiries.

As a result of the recreation review, paddling and fishing on Lake Manchester is now permitted.

Due to the topography and access limitations around the lake, the launch point is located over 1km from the recreation area and car park. Travel to the launch point by vehicle is not feasible and paddlers are required to transport their equipment to and from the launch point by foot, via the recreation area located off Lake Manchester Road. Paddling at Lake Manchester will be more challenging compared to other sites and will require a good level of fitness. Those looking for a fitness adventure, this may be for you!

Enjoy putting a line in? You don't need a permit to fish from the shoreline of the launch area or from a paddle craft at Lake Manchester.

Please remember that motorised watercraft and swimming are prohibited at Lake Manchester. Read the Lake Manchester Recreation Guide* for more 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: Lake Manchester
Watercourse: Cabbage Tree Creek
Location: 25 km west of Brisbane
Catchment area: 74.0km 2
Length of dam wall: 188.0m
Year completed: 1916; upgraded in 2008
Type of construction: Mass concrete gravity dam
Fully supply capacity: 26217ML
Current capacity: 24,454 (93.3% full) at 20-08-2019 9:12am