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Bjelke-Petersen Dam

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Barker Barambah

Water Supply Scheme


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General information

Scheme name
Barker Barambah
Stream name
Barker Creek
Lake name
Lake Barambah
Structure description
Earth and rockfill embankment
Algae Level
Storage capacity (ML)
Year completed


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Visitor information

Thank you for visiting Bjelke-Petersen Dam and helping us keep our dam recreational facilities a fun and safe place to relax and have a good time.


Boat ramp
Road access
Picnic areas
Rubbish bins
Treated Water


Fishing is prohibited 100 metres upstream and 200 metres downstream of the dam wall. Lake Barambah has been stocked with Golden Perch, Silver Perch, Saratoga and Australian Bass. There are breeding populations of Tandans (Eel Tailed Catfish) and Spangled Perch here as well as the illegally introduced Sleepy Cod and Redclaw Crayfish.

Once overshadowed by the likes of Lake Somerset and Wivenhoe, Lake Barambah has come of age in the last few years and is now regarded as one of the big bass impoundments in Queensland. A Stocked Impoundment Permit (SIP) is required to fish Lake Barambah.


There is a no boating / fishing zone within 100m in front of the dam wall, otherwise there are no boating restrictions on Lake Barambah. There are two boat ramps provided. One adjacent to the dam wall and another immediately below the camping area.


Camping is permitted on site with limited cabins available. There are other tourist parks and hotel/motel style accommodation close by in Murgon.


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


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.

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.

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Safety information

Most injuries around dams and weirs are a combination of being in unauthorised areas, excess alcohol consumption, skylarking, not boating to dam conditions and general slips, trips and falls around recreation areas. Enjoy the surroundings of your local dam or weir and stay safe by looking out for potential hazards and risks.