Six Mile Creek Dam

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Six Mile Creek Dam
Six Mile Creek Dam is located in Queensland
Six Mile Creek Dam
Location of the Six Mile Creek Dam
in Queensland
Country Australia
Location South East Queensland
Coordinates 26°22′52″S 152°55′48″E / 26.38111°S 152.93000°E / -26.38111; 152.93000Coordinates: 26°22′52″S 152°55′48″E / 26.38111°S 152.93000°E / -26.38111; 152.93000
Purpose
Status Operational
Opening date 1965 (1965)
Operator(s) SEQ Water
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Embankment dam
Impounds Six Mile Creek
Height 15.7 m (52 ft)[1]
Length 490 m (1,610 ft)[1]
Dam volume 69×10^3 m3 (2.4×10^6 cu ft)[1]
Spillway type Uncontrolled
Spillway capacity 750 m3/s (26,000 cu ft/s)[1]
Reservoir
Creates Lake Macdonald
Total capacity 8,018 ML (1.764×109 imp gal; 2.118×109 US gal)[2][3]
Catchment area 49 km2 (19 sq mi)[1][2]
Surface area 260 ha (640 acres)[2][3]
Website
www.seqwater.com.au

The Six Mile Creek Dam is a rock and earth-fill embankment dam with an un-gated spillway across the Six Mile Creek that is located in the South East region of Queensland, Australia. The main purposes of the dam are for potable water supply of the Sunshine Coast region[3] and for recreation.[1] The impounded reservoir is called Lake Macdonald.

Location and features[edit]

The dam is located 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from Cooroy and 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) west of Noosa. The small settlement of Lake MacDonald is located adjacent to the dam. The primary inflow of the reservoir is Six Mile Creek.[3]

Completed in 1965,[1] the rock and earthfill dam structure is 15.7 metres (52 ft) high and 490 metres (1,610 ft) long. The 69-thousand-cubic-metre (2.4×10^6 cu ft) dam wall holds back the 8,018-megalitre (1.764×109 imp gal; 2.118×109 US gal) reservoir when at full capacity. From a catchment area of 49 square kilometres (19 sq mi) that includes much of the Tewantin State Forest, the dam creates Lake Macdonald, with a surface area of 260 hectares (640 acres). The uncontrolled un-gated spillway has a discharge capacity of 750 cubic metres per second (26,000 cu ft/s).[1] Initially managed by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council, management of the dam was transferred to Seqwater in July 2008.

Recreational activities[edit]

Within proximity of the dam, horse riding, boating and canoeing are permitted. The Noosa Botanic Gardens are located on the northwestern shoreline of Lake Macdonald.

The reservoir is stocked with Mary River cod, bass, yellowbelly, saratoga and snub nosed gar with endemic populations of tandans (eel tailed catfish) and the introduced spangled perch.[4][3] A stocked impoundment permit is required to fish in the dam.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Register of Large Dams in Australia" (Excel (requires download)). Dams information. Australian National Committee on Large Dams. 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Lake Macdonald". Water supply: Dams and weirs. Seqwater. 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Harrison, Rod; James, Ernie; Sully, Chris; Classon, Bill; Eckermann, Joy (2008). Queensland Dams. Bayswater, Victoria: Australian Fishing Network. ISBN 978-1-86513-134-4. 
  4. ^ "Lake MacDonald - Cooroy. Qld". Sweetwater Fishing Australia. Garry Fitzgerald. 2000. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Do I need a permit to go fishing in a dam?". Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Queensland Government. 5 February 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2014.