North Pine Dam, also known as Lake Samsonvale, was completed in 1976 and is home to large populations of aquatic birds.

North Pine Dam is a gated dam, allowing us to make controlled water releases during times of heavy rain. The dam is only used for water supply and does not have a floodwater storage compartment. If you would like to be notified about releases from North Pine, please sign up for our free dam release notification service.

Visiting the lake

Lake Samsonvale is in close proximity to Lake Kurwongbah and provides a range of outdoor recreation activities for you to enjoy. Download the Lake Samsonvale Recreation Guide for detailed information about activities, as well as maps and important safety information.

Swimming is not permitted at Lake Samsonvale.

Changes to recreation - paddle craft now permitted at Lake Samsonvale

In 2016, we announced we would be making changes at Lake Samsonvale to improve on-water recreation opportunities following a landmark water quality assessment.

The Australian-first quantitative microbial risk study found Lake Samsonvale was able to cope with the introduction of public paddle craft, in addition to existing club use of the lake, without impacting water quality in the major drinking water storage.

From Wednesday 21 November 2018, public paddling will be permitted at Forgan Cove. A public paddle craft launch point has been constructed at Forgan Cove (off Forgan Road). Paddle craft, such as canoes and kayaks, are now permitted on Lake Samsonvale seven days a week in the designated paddle craft zone.  For your safety, and the safety of others, you must ensure you stay within the designated paddle craft zone which has been clearly marked by warning buoys on the lake. Download the Lake Samsonvale Recreation Guide for details of the zoning.

Paddle craft must only be launched from the designated launch point at Fogan Cove. Stopping or mooring on any land around the lake, other than the Forgan Cove recreation area, is prohibited. Paddle craft with electric or fuel powered motors are not permitted. 

Download our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about paddling on Lake Samsonvale.




Access to the lake for electric boating and sailing is available to club members only. Please contact the Lake Samsonvale Water Sports Association or Pine Rivers Fish Management Association for details.

Fuel powered boating (e.g. jet skiing, tubing, water skiing) is not permitted on Lake Samsonvale at any time.


Shore line fishing is permitted along the shore of designated recreation areas around Lake Samsonvale. Other areas of the shore may be private land or subject to re-vegetation projects, and access to that land is not permitted.
Fishing from paddle craft is permitted in the designated paddle craft zone as shown on site signage and detailed in the Lake Samsonvale Recreation Guide. 

A fishing permit is required at Lake Samsonvale. The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries controls the fishing rules and regulations in Queensland and administers the Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme (SIPS). Visit the DAF website for further information and to purchase your SIPS permit.

Multi-use trails

A network of multi-use trails (Postman’s Track Trails) provide access for the public to enjoy mountain bike and horse riding, walking and trail running. 

Key facts

Name: North Pine Dam / Lake Samsonvale
Watercourse: North Pine River
Location: Petrie
Year completed: 1976
Type of construction: Concrete gravity dam with earthfill embankments on abutments
Fully supply capacity: 214302ML
Current capacity: 143,540 (67.0% full) at 20-08-2019 10:20am