Lake Baroon

Baroon Pocket Dam

Access may be restricted due to low water levels, events or other safety concerns such as firefighting aircraft using the dam.

Please check with SEQWater for the latest updates before heading out.

What to expect

Lake / Reservoir
Lake Baroon
Dam / Weir
Baroon Pocket Dam
Obi Obi Creek
61 GL
Flood Mitigation
3.8 sq km
11.6 km plus
67 sq km

Baroon Pocket Dam is near Maleny on the Sunshine Coast and supplies drinking water to the region.

The lake is approximately 2 km long and 1 km wide.

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Features and facilities

There are two boat ramps at opposite sides of the lake, approx. 1.4 km apart.

Northern Recreation Area
Narrows Road, Montville
Southern Recreation Area
Baroon Pocket Road, Maleny

The dam and recreation facilities are open to the public seven days a week at the time of writing, from 5:30am to 6:30pm (September – April) and 6:00am to 5:30pm (May – August).

Refer to the SEQWater Lake Baroon guide for up to date information.

Location Features
Dam Spillway
Northern Recreation Area Boat Ramp
Southern Recreation Area Boat Ramp

Most of the features were taken from SEQWater published Location maps and guides.

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Explore the key locations in the map below. Most locations will have a photograph that can be seen by clicking on the icon or number in the map itself.

  • Spillway
  • Boat Ramps

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What to take

Ensure electronic devices and gear have waterproof containers / dry bags if needed.

What to wear

  • Sunscreen / Chapstick *
  • Sunglasses *
  • Hat *
  • Swimwear or shorts
  • Sun protective clothing (rashie)
  • Water shoes

What to take

  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Watch
  • Sponge
  • Rain jacket
  • Spare clothes / Towel


  • PDF (life jacket) *
  • Whistle
  • Paddle float
  • Bilge pump
  • Paddle lease *
  • Spare paddle
  • Light (night paddling)

* Highly recommended (aka required)
You should wear clothing and footwear that you can comfortably swim in.
These are for self or assisted rescues as there are places that you can't easily swim back to the shore.

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Being adjacent to Kondalilla National Park makes for a great opportunity for bird watching.

Black Swan on water
Black Swans (Cygnus atratus) are usually in pairs or small flocks.
Bird feeding from the water
A pair of Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus) watching me.
Birds on water
Pacific Black Ducks (Anas superciliosa) hanging out in the water.
Bird on pond
Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) on pond weed catching insects.
Bird in a tree
Little Friarbird (Philemon citreogularis) is the smallest of the friarbirds.
Bird on rope
Black-faced cuckooshrike (Coracina novaehollandiae) taking in its surroundings from high in the rigging of a yacht.

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