Southedge Dam

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Southedge Dam
View of Lake Mitchell, created by Southedge Dam, from the Mulligan Highway, 2009.
Southedge Dam is located in Queensland
Southedge Dam
Location of the dam wall in Queensland
Official name Lake Mitchell Dam
Country Australia
Location Far North Queensland
Coordinates 16°46′41″S 145°18′22″E / 16.77806°S 145.30611°E / -16.77806; 145.30611Coordinates: 16°46′41″S 145°18′22″E / 16.77806°S 145.30611°E / -16.77806; 145.30611
Purpose Irrigation
Status Operational
Construction began 1986 (1986)
Opening date 1987 (1987)
Owner(s) Southedge Pastoral Pty Ltd
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Embankment dam
Impounds Mitchell River
Height (foundation) 16.5 metres (54 ft)
Length 530 metres (1,740 ft)
Creates Lake Mitchell
Total capacity 190,000 megalitres (42×10^9 imp gal; 50×10^9 US gal)
Active capacity 129,000 megalitres (28×10^9 imp gal; 34×10^9 US gal)
Catchment area 321 square kilometres (124 sq mi)
Surface area 3,290 hectares (8,100 acres)

The Southedge Dam, also known as the Lake Mitchell Dam,[1] is an earth filled embankment dam across the Mitchell River located in Far North Queensland, Australia. Opened in 1987 as an ornamental lake, the impoundment created by the dam is called Lake Mitchell and at full supply level has an active capacity of 129,000 megalitres (28×10^9 imp gal; 34×10^9 US gal).

Location and features[edit]

Commenced in 1986 and opened a year later, the Southedge Dam wall consists of an earth-fill embankment 530 metres (1,740 ft) in length and 16.5 metres (54 ft) high. The reservoir has a catchment area of 321 square kilometres (124 sq mi). The reservoir has a total capacity of 190,000 ML (42,000,000×10^3 imp gal; 50,000,000×10^3 US gal) of water; and covers an area of 3,290 ha (8,100 acres).[1][2] Southedge Dam has remained unused since it was opened in 1987;[3] constructed and owned by Southedge Pastoral Company.[4][5]

When the dam spills over it flows into the Mitchell River.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Register of Large Dams in Australia" (Excel (requires download)). Dams information. Australian National Committee on Large Dams. 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  2. ^ MITCHELL RIVER (QLD)- Assessment
  3. ^ Mitchell, draft water resource plan
  5. ^ Queensland Environment Groups’ Submission

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