Callide Dam

Callide Dam

32.16%

  • Mount Murchison
CURRENT ALGAE LEVELS Moderate (Amber)
CURRENT CAPACITY

32.16%

4:00am 28.02.2020

STORAGE CAPACITY

136000

Mega Litres

HISTORICAL LOW

0%

07.02.2019

HISTORICAL HIGH

102.37%

30.03.2017

Location

Callide Dam

Mount Murchison

Queensland

4715

Facilities

  • Boat Ramp

  • Car Parking

  • Road Access

  • Lookout

  • Picnic Areas

  • Toilets

  • Rubbish Bins

  • BBQs

  • Treated Water

  • Camping

Recreational facilities are provided by facilities are provided by Banana Shire Council. See their website for more details.

Fishing

Fish species stocked are Saratoga, Barramundi, Yellowbelly and Silver Perch. There are breeding populations of Eel Tailed Catfish, Sleepy Cod, Spangled Perch and Alligator Gar with Eels.

Boating

There are no restrictions to boating except for no boating within 200 metres of the spillway.

Camping

No camping is permitted at Callide Dam.

Pets

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

Rubbish

Help us keep all recreational areas clean and tidy by using the rubbish bins provided.  If rubbish bins are full please take your rubbish with you. Please also take any seafood rubbish with you to reduce odour.

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

Callide Dam under construction, 1965
Callide Dam under construction, 1965

Callide Dam

Originally built on Callide Creek in 1965, the dam was upgraded in 1988 to more than double its storage capacity of 136,300 ML.

Although its primary purpose was originally to supply water to the nearby Callide power plant, today it also supports a wide range of agricultural industries such as wheat, sorghum, lucerne, cotton, mung beans and chickpeas. The Callide Valley is also becoming an internationally recognised hub for growing quality herbs.

Most of the water used for irrigation in the region comes from underground aquifers. To replenish that source, water is released from Callide Dam to downstream controlling structures, in particular Callide Weir, from which water infiltrates the underlying aquifers.

Callide Dam also has an insurance policy to ensure continuity of water supply to its end users — additional water is pumped into the dam from Awoonga Dam 50 km to the east.

The dam’s primary function is to store water for irrigation, industrial and urban use and was not designed for flood mitigation and does not include a flood-mitigation compartment however does provide some flood attenuation benefits to downstream communities.