Peter Faust Dam

Peter Faust Dam

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  • Lake Proserpine
CURRENT ALGAE LEVELS Moderate (Amber)
CURRENT CAPACITY

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12:00am 13.06.2021

STORAGE CAPACITY

0

Mega Litres

HISTORICAL LOW

0%

09.06.2021

HISTORICAL HIGH

113.53%

31.03.2011

Location

Peter Faust Dam

Crystalbrook Road

Lake Proserpine

Queensland

4800

Facilities

  • Boat Ramp

  • Car Parking

  • Road Access

  • Lookout

  • Picnic Areas

  • Toilets

  • Rubbish Bins

  • BBQs

  • Treated Water

  • Camping

Additional information

Management

Recreational facilities are owned and managed by Whitsunday Regional Council (WRC).

Boating

Boating activities are permitted at Lake Proserpine, however, operators are reminded to read and obey and obey the signs, look for hazards, boat to conditions and stay away from the dam wall by at least 200 metres, as marked by the buoy line, or as signed. Caution is advised in the extensive areas with submerged trees. Water activities including swimming, kayaking and sailing are permitted among other activities, however, please note the exclusion zones as signed. The boat ramp is owned and managed by Sunwater.

Learn your responsibilities on the water through the Maritime Safety Queensland Boating and Fishing Guide.

Fishing

Fishing is permitted at Lake Proserpine, however, Sunwater does not permit onshore fishing on or near the dam wall. Fisherman are reminded to read the signs and look for hazards. To learn what fish are stocked at this dam, visit the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website. A Stocked Impoundment Permit (SIP) is required to fish. Permits are available from Fisheries Queensland that set out the conditions under which you can fish at Queensland dams.

Call Fisheries Queensland on 13 25 23 to locate your nearest fishing permit outlet or apply online.

Camping

Council owned and operated camping and accommodation is available at Peter Faust Dam in the designated camping area.

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 or unavailable, please take your rubbish with you. Please also take any seafood rubbish with you to reduce odour.

BBQs

There are recreational BBQs available for use. Please use common sense when around open flame. Contact 000 to report uncontrolled fire.

Antisocial behaviour

If you observe vandalism, antisocial behaviour or any illegal activities, please contact the Police immediately on 000 to ensure we keep the dam safe and enjoyable for all.

Commercial or large group activities

Please note that approval is required for the use of Sunwater land for any organised 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 on-land 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 motorcycles and four wheelers within the area and the surrounding private property is strictly prohibited. Please practise caution when driving all other vehicles in the area and obey the speed limit.

Hazards

There is a known presence of submerged trees and other objects. Floating objects may be present after an inflow or flood event. Fast flowing water may be released suddenly from the spillway.

Read the signs and stay safe

For your own safety, please take note of the signs around the dam including those regarding private property and trespassing. The signs indicate hazards to watch out for and areas to avoid. Keep an eye on your children and inform them of the hazards and permitted areas.

Emergency Management

View the Peter Faust Dam Emergency Action Plan, here.

Visitors must adhere to current COVID-19 social distancing guidelines and are encouraged to observe good hygiene practices.

All persons entering Sunwater property at their own risk should exercise due care and attention and must comply with all signs, notices, the lawful directions of Sunwater, Sunwater staff, all laws, regulations and applicable standards (e.g. boating, fire, road usage). All liability of Sunwater (or its subsidiaries) to you or any other person for loss or damage of any kind (however caused, including by negligence) arising from or relating in any way to access to, or use of, Sunwater property is excluded.


Playing safe

Stay safe at dams and weirs by looking out for potential hazards and risks.

Dam history

Peter Faust Dam during construction
Peter Faust Dam during construction

Peter Faust Dam

Completed in December 1990, after taking four years to build, the dam was finished four months ahead of schedule in time for a massive downpour which promptly filled it.

The dam was constructed in conjunction with downstream levees and creek modifications to provide some flood attenuation benefits to the township of Proserpine and surrounding communities.

It was named after Peter Faust, a former mayor and the patriarch of a family that has farmed in the district since 1895. He was a driving force behind getting the dam built and is also credited with convincing the late Sir Reginald Ansett, who owned Hayman Island, to invest in the development of the Proserpine airport.

Barramundi released into Lake Proserpine grow to an enormous size and the dam is said to have more of the prized sportfish over a metre long than any other impoundment.