Lake Clarendon Dam

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Lake Clarendon Dam
Lake Clarendon Dam is located in Queensland
Lake Clarendon Dam
Location of the Lake Clarendon Dam
in Queensland
Country Australia
Location South East Queensland
Coordinates 27°30′55″S 152°21′4″E / 27.51528°S 152.35111°E / -27.51528; 152.35111Coordinates: 27°30′55″S 152°21′4″E / 27.51528°S 152.35111°E / -27.51528; 152.35111
Purpose Irrigation
Status Operational
Opening date 1992 (1992)
Operator(s) SEQ Water
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Embankment dam
Impounds Off-stream
Height 13.1 m (43 ft)
Length 4,300 m (14,100 ft)
Dam volume 1,400×10^3 m3 (49×10^6 cu ft)
Spillway type Uncontrolled
Spillway capacity 62 m3/s (2,200 cu ft/s)
Creates Lake Clarendon
Total capacity 24,330 ML (5.35×109 imp gal; 6.43×109 US gal)[1]
Catchment area 3.4 km2 (1.3 sq mi)
Surface area 339 ha (840 acres)
Maximum water depth 13 m (43 ft)
Normal elevation 96 m (315 ft) AHD

The Lake Clarendon Dam is a rock and earth-fill embankment dam with an un-gated spillway located off-stream in the locality of Lake Clarendon in the Lockyer Valley Region, South East Queensland, Australia. The main purpose of the dam is for irrigation of the Lockyer Valley.[2][3] The resultant impounded reservoir is called Lake Clarendon.

Location and features[edit]

Located 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) northeast of Gatton, the Lake Clarendon Dam is part of a number of small dams built above the Lockyer Valley to supply water for irrigation purposes.

The 4,300 m (14,100 ft) long rock and earthfill structure has a maximum height of 13.1 m (43 ft) and an overflow spillway which diverts excess water into a series of open channels that eventually flow into the Lockyer Creek. The dam creates a reservoir, Lake Clarendon, with a storage capacity of 24,330 megalitres (5.35×109 imp gal; 6.43×109 US gal) and a maximum surface area of 339 hectares (840 acres). The dam is managed by SEQ Water.

Completed in 1992, by mid-2006 the dam was empty due to drought conditions in Australia.[4] In January 2011, the dam was over 80% full according to the Queensland Water Commission website.


A Stocked Impoundment Permit is no longer required to fish in the reservoir. Lake Clarendon was removed from the SIP scheme in 2012.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lake Clarendon Dam". Water supply: Dams and weirs. Seqwater. 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Harrison, Rod; James, Ernie; Sully, Chris; Classon, Bill; Eckermann, Joy (2008). Queensland Dams. Bayswater, Victoria: Australian Fishing Network. p. 94. ISBN 978-1-86513-134-4. 
  3. ^ "Register of Large Dams in Australia" (Excel (requires download)). Dams information. Australian National Committee on Large Dams. 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Williams, Brian (11 June 2006). "Tiny trickle sparks torrent". The Courier Mail. Retrieved 21 April 2008. 
  5. ^ "Recreational fishing rules for Queensland: A brief guide" (PDF). Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (PDF). Queensland Government. 1 February 2012. p. 7. Retrieved 27 June 2014.