Ready for some dam good fun?

Amidst our rolling hills, cultivated paddocks and rugged bushland lies the sparkling oasis of our lakes.

Somerset is home to the freshwater havens of Lakes Somerset, Wivenhoe and Atkinson, and there’s plenty of fish in the sea when it comes to activities at the dams*.

If it’s action you’re after, look no further than Lake Somerset, the home away from home for water skiers, jet skiers, wakeboarders and tube riders.

If a peaceful paddle or dip is more your speed, Lake Wivenhoe is the perfect spot for non-motorised watercraft. Motorised vessels are restricted to a maximum of six knots at Lake Wivenhoe so you can unwind in peace.

If fishing’s your game, you’ll wet your nets with the line-up of fish we’ve got in our lakes. Whether it’s swimming, boating, fishing or simply kicking back lakeside, our Somerset lakes will have you hook, line and sinker. 

If you are dropping a line, before heading out to the lake, don’t forget to purchase your Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme (SIPS) fishing permit. Permits are available online.

Lake Somerset is a water sport haven, with motorised and non-motorised watercraft allowed on the lake. Water skiing, jet skiing, wakeboarding and tubing are all permitted on Lake Somerset.

All dams are managed by Seqwater 

Lake Somerset Recreation Guide

Lake Wivenhoe Recreation Guide

Lake Atkinson Recreation Guide 

 

Canoe Trail 

The Brisbane River Canoe Trail meanders along 56km of peaceful waterway from Wivenhoe to Kholo, with a few small rapids to keep you on your rows. Be on the lookout for our local mates; cormorants, pelicans, lungfish, platypus and songbirds in the banksias lining the river. The trail is not sign posted but the launch points are easy to find.

Launch points: 

  • Spillway Lookout, Atkinsons Crossing (you will need a cart to carry your paddlecraft to the launch area)
  • Lowood Bend Reserve, Forest Hill-Fernvale Rd, Lowood
  • Twin Bridges, Wivenhoe Pocket Rd, Fernvale
  • Savages Crossing, Banks Creek Rd, Fernvale
  • Burtons Bridge, Summerville Rd East, Pine Mountain Rd
  • Hills Crossing, Reserve Hills Rd, Pine Mountain Rd
  • Kholo Crossing, Kholo Rd, Ipswich

Brisbane River Canoe Trail

Atkinsons Crossing to Lowood Bend Reserve (9km)

Number of small rapids including Grade 1 rapid near Lowood Bend

Lowood Bend Reserve to Twin Bridges (6km)

Wide slow-moving pool
Local swimming spot at Twin Bridges

Twin Bridges to Savages Crossing (5km)

Small faster moving riffles
Deep pools
Fast flow on approach to the landing site

Savages Crossing to Burtons Bridge (12km)

High grade 1 rapids
Sweeping bends with fast moving water

Burtons Bridge to Kholo Bridge (22km)

High grade 1 rapids
Large slow-moving pools

 

At your service

Don’t have a boat, canoe, fishing gear or a dam clue about how to plan your Somerset splash? Don’t be up the creek without a paddle, let our experienced and professional operators get you on the right track.  

Somerset Tackle

Specialising in rods, reels, lures, lines and fishing gear galore, Somerset Fishing and Tackle also offer boat and kayak hire. Drop them a line and catch a great deal today!  

One Tree Canoe Company

Let One Tree Canoe Company be your guide as you glide down the most spectacular stretches of the Brisbane River. Offering canoe hire, tours, repairs and manufacturing, One Tree Canoe Company is a one stop shop for all your canoeing needs.