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Kinchant Dam

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Water Supply Scheme


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General information

Scheme name
Stream name
Sandy Creek (North Branch)
Lake name
Lake Kinchant
Structure description
Earthfill embankment
Algae Level
Storage capacity (ML)
Year completed


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Visitor information

Thank you for visiting Kinchant 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


Fish stocked at Kinchant Dam are Sooty Grunter, Sleepy Cod and since 2000, Barramundi. There are also breeding populations of Fork Tailed Catfish, Eel Tailed Catfish, Spangled Perch and Mouth Almighty. A Stocked Impoundment Permit is required to fish here.

Fishing is not permitted within 100m of the Kinchant Dam wall, spillway and the Abingdom Pump Station. A fishing permit is available from Fisheries Queensland that sets out the conditions under which you can fish at Queensland dams. For more information, contact Fisheries Queensland on 13 25 23.


Boating, skiing and other water activities are not permitted within 100m of the Kinchant Dam wall and spillway and near Abingdon Pump Station (refer to signage at the dam). A concrete boat ramp is provided and there are no boating or speed limit restrictions.

For more information about what water activities are allowed at the dam, contact Maritime Safety Queensland (Mackay region) on (07) 4944 3700.


Camping is available at the privately operated Kinchant Waters, situated on the south-eastern shore of Lake Kinchant. For more information and bookings phone (07) 4954 1453.


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.

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.

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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.