Beardmore Dam

Beardmore Dam

97.58%

  • Saint George
CURRENT ALGAE LEVELS Low (Green)
CURRENT CAPACITY

97.58%

3:45am 28.02.2020

STORAGE CAPACITY

81000

Mega Litres

HISTORICAL LOW

2.93%

20.04.1993

HISTORICAL HIGH

113.95%

02.07.1979

Location

Beardmore Dam

Thungaby Road

Saint George

Queensland

4487

Facilities

  • Boat Ramp

  • Car Parking

  • Road Access

  • Lookout

  • Picnic Areas

  • Toilets

  • Rubbish Bins

  • BBQs

  • Treated Water

  • Camping

Fishing

Closed Waters are in place at the dam and fishing is prohibited 100 metres upstream and 200 metres downstream of the wall. Fish species stocked include Murray Cod, Golden Perch (Yellowbelly) and Silver Perch. There are also naturally occurring populations of Tandans (eel tailed catfish) and Spangled Perch.

Boating

Boating, skiing and other water activities are not permitted within 100m of the EJ Beardmore Dam wall and spillway. No other boating restrictions apply.

Camping

No camping is permitted at EJ Beardmore Dam.  There are accommodation facilities in the wider St George district.

Pets

For everyone’s enjoyment and safety, please keep your pet on a leash or restrained during your visit.

Rubbish

There are no rubbish bins located at this dam. Help us keep all recreational areas clean and tidy by taking your rubbish with you.

Antisocial behaviour

If you observe vandalism, antisocial behaviour or any illegal activities, please contact the Police immediately on 000.

Commercial or large group activities

Please note that approval is required for the use of Sunwater land for any event or function other than normal visitor activities in approved recreational areas. Events or functions include, but are not limited to fishing, swimming, rowing, boating or skiing competitions or displays, community events, weddings or other organised activities. To gain approval, submit a General Application for Access to Sunwater Land or Infrastructure and Events, or contact us on 13 15 89.

Motorcycles and other vehicles

The recreational use of registered and unregistered motorcycles and four wheelers within the camping area and the surrounding private property is strictly prohibited.  The speed limit in the camping area is 20km/h.

Dam safety

Stay safe by looking out for potential hazards and risks.

Dam history

Beardmore Dam
Beardmore Dam

EJ Beardmore Dam

Built on the Balonne River in 1972 about 21 km north of St George, the EJ Beardmore dam holds up to 81,700 ML when full.

It was named after Edwin James Beardmore, a long-time advocate for the Balonne region. The former stock agent served on the Balonne Shire Council for 15 years and was its deputy chairman for eight years before being elected to State Parliament. He represented Balonne in Parliament for 12 years before his retirement in 1969.

The dam’s primary function is to store water for irrigation and urban use and was not designed for flood mitigation and does not include a flood-mitigation compartment

The body of water created by the dam is known as Lake Kajarabie.