Public paddling now allowed at Lake Samsonvale
South East Queensland’s third largest dam storage Lake Samsonvale has been opened to public paddle craft for the first time.
Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Dr Anthony Lynham, Member for Kurwongbah Shane King and Member for Pine Rivers Nikki Boyd today officially opened the new paddle craft launch facility at Forgan Cove.
Dr Lynham said the decision to allow public paddle craft access in designated zones at Lake Samsonvale followed an extensive water quality study undertaken by Seqwater.
Previously only members of the Lake Samsonvale Water Sports Association and the Pine Rivers Fish Management Association were allowed water access.
“Lake Samsonvale, or North Pine Dam, is SEQ’s third largest drinking water storage. In the past only members of the two recognised clubs have been allowed water access, largely as a way of managing water quality,’’ Dr Lynham said.
During a review of recreation on SEQ dams, the local community made it clear how much they would like to get onto the lake.
“Following a two-year study, Seqwater was able to allow public paddling, canoes and kayaks, without risking drinking water quality and public health.’’
Seqwater Chief Executive Officer, Neil Brennan, said Seqwater lakes and surrounding catchments provided some of SEQ’s best recreation opportunities.
“The vast majority of our dam storages are open to recreation and improving recreation opportunities is an important part of our commitment to South East Queensland,” he said.
Member for Kurwongbah, Shane King said this signified a great opportunity for members of the public to be able to use the lake for on-water paddle craft recreation, in addition to club use on the lake.
“This is a great outcome for the local community and will have positive impacts on tourism,” Mr King said.
“Lake Samsonvale is already a popular location for its natural beauty alone, allowing public recreation will make the lake even more popular.”
Member for Pine Rivers, Nikki Boyd said the new access was a great example of listening and working with the community to achieve a positive outcome.
“With these new recreational opportunities now available, it’s important people follow the rules and enjoy the lake in a safe and responsible way,” Ms Boyd said.
“Seqwater rangers and compliance officers will be regularly patrolling the lake but they can’t be everywhere, so visitors need to do the right thing and be mindful of others.
The new paddle craft launch area includes a 15-bay car park, toilet facilities and a wash down area. Designated zones for people to paddle in have also been established at the lake.
For more details, The Lake Samsonvale Recreation Guide is available for download at seqwater.com.au and includes a map of the designated zoning.