role & objectives
The FCFSA are responsible for the creation, management & maintenance
of fish stocks in the waters of Lake Lenthall (Lenthalls Dam). The lake
is stocked with the following suitable native fish species Australian bass,
barramundi, silver perch, golden perch & snub nosed gar primarily for
recreational fishing purposes for the general public under the Stocked Impoundment
Permit Scheme as put & takes fishery.
All fish stocking activities are carried out in accordance with & under
permit from the Qld Department of Primary Industries & Fisheries. FCFSA
has objectives and principles which clearly define its role in the overall
fishery management program these include promoting fishing based tourism
in the Hervey Bay region.
The Fraser Coast Fish Stocking Assn Inc is made of up local business owners,
recreational anglers, government body representatives and members of the
public. We all share the same goal of sustainable fish stocks through
conservation based management programs. Of course we are all keen anglers
who thoroughly enjoy all that the great outdoors has to offer and do our
best to promote this responsibly.
Fraser Coast Fish Stocking Association Inc
PO Box 987
Hervey Bay, Qld, 4655
Become a member
Yearly membership costs $20 per individual and $30 per family (membership
renewals are in financial years - from 30th June each year)
may be paid directly into the FCFSA bank account:
Bank - Wide Bay Australia
Account Name - Fraser Coast Fish Stocking
BSB - 656 400
Account number - 101 609 191
Reference - Please use your name
Application / Renewal Form HERE>>>
General meetings are held on the-
1st Monday of October ( AGM )
o 1st Monday of December, March & June
at 7.00pm, out the back of Kondari Resort/Hotel:
49 Elizabeth St
Urangan QLD 4655
interested persons are most welcome to attend any meeting. Special meetings
will be called by the management committee if required between these times.
Lake Lenthall ( Lenthalls Dam)
Built in 1984, Lenthalls Dam was named after the pioneering family in
the district; the waters created by the dam are called Lake Lenthall.
With a catchment area of over 935 square kilometres it is fed by six main
creeks which from the most southerly point are Logbridge Creek, Doongul
Creek, Harwood Creek, Sugarbag Creek, Duckinwilla Creek & Woolmer
The catchment area starts in the Seaview Ranges which are directly west
of the dam and can be seen from the viewing area near the dam wall. Mt
Doongul & Mt Ganamon are the two most prominent features of the horizon
from this point. The Lake is approximately 7 kilometres long with a two
lane concrete boat ramp situated fairly centrally.
The Lake forms the head waters of the Burrum River system which also includes
the Isis, Cherwell & Gregory Rivers. The lake has a relatively small
surface area of around 400ha, an average depth of 3.9 meters and holds
some 28000 ML of water at full supply level. Owned and managed by Wide
Bay Water Corporation its purpose is for the supply of water to the city
of Hervey Bay and surrounding townships.
To help ensure the Fraser Coast has a secure water supply to support its
growing population; Wide Bay Water raised the height of the dam wall in
2007. This increased the lake's capacity by nearly 10,000 million litres.
Its previous capacity was 17,800 mega litres. It can now hold up to 28,000
Wide Bay Water used Crest Gates to increase the height of the dam. This
approach won a High Commendation award from Engineers Australia in 2008.
This award recognised the project's innovation and benefit to the community.
Australian bass, barramundi, silver perch, golden perch & snub nosed
gar. There are also Eels, Tandans and the introduced Spangled Perch present.
There have been rare reports of Saratoga. Bass have been the main species
caught here however Barramundi are showing up more often and will no doubt
give this location national publicity in coming years. It is Australia's
most southern barramundi fishery open to the public (outside of fish farms).
stocked Impoundment Permit (SIP) is required to fish at Lake Lenthall,
these are available locally at the road house a few km North of the turnoff
on the Bruce Highway or Purchase Stocked Impoundment Permit on-line -
Lake Lenthall has established a strong reputation for its Australian bass
stocks and is regarded as one of the most consistent bass fisheries in
the country. Yellow belly (golden perch) is also caught in good numbers
as well as the sought-after barramundi. Visitors can enjoy the picnic
area near the dam overlooking the lake or explore the walks along paths
that follow the shoreline. The lake attracts a plethora of native flora
and fauna and bird-watching is a must. Look out for the rare Black Breasted
There is also a viewing platform above the spillway that can be accessed
on foot. Wide Bay Water Corporation has undertaken a substantial upgrade
of the Lake Lenthall recreational area. Current facilities now include:
o Covered picnic tables
o Camping Sites
o Viewing platform above the spillway
o Walking tracks
o Boat ramp
o Fishing/viewing Platform
o Easy parking
o Disabled access
Powerboats are allowed on Lake Lenthall but speeds and horsepower are
restricted. Visitors should be aware of the low emission outboard engine
policy for Lake Lenthall which allows only 2 and 3 star rated engines
up to 60hp. Low emission engines include:
o All 4-stroke engines up to 60 horsepower
o Low emission direct injection 2-stroke engines up to 60 horsepower
o The speed limit on the lake is strictly 6 knots
There are no public phones at Lake Lenthall. Nearest fuel, bait and tackle
are at service stations along the Bruce Highway.
A Stocked Impoundment Permit (SIP) is required to fish at Lake Lenthall.
These are available at the roadhouse a few kilometres north of the turn-off,
on the Bruce Highway, or fishing supply stores in Hervey Bay and Maryborough.
Alternatively, they can be purchased online from the Queensland Government
Standard fishing bag and size limits apply at Lake Lenthall.
More information can be obtained from the size, take and possession limits
- fresh waters as published by Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol.
Hervey Bay phone 07 4125 3989
Camping is now permitted at Lake Lenthall. Short stay camping up to three
(3) days/two (2) nights is permitted. The maximum number of campers at
any one time is eighteen (18) plus up to six (6) self contained camper
vehicles that have waste storage facilities.
The number of campers is limited to the capacity of the on-site sewage
treatment facilities to protect the main drinking water source of Hervey
Lake Lenthall Camping Rules
o There is no electricity or drinking water available on site.
o Maximum 2 nights stay. Site check in time is 11am / Site departure time
o Generators not permitted.
o No detergents to be used in the lake. Washing sinks are available behind
the top toilets.
o Open fires are prohibited in the recreation area. Please remember your
o All food scraps and fish carcasses to be wrapped prior to placing in
o Camping areas are to be kept clean and tidy at all times.
o No parking or driving on grassed areas.
o Noise to be kept to a minimum after 9.00 pm.
o Parents/Guardians are responsible for their children's safety and behaviour
within the camping/recreational area, children under 7 years of age must
be accompanied by an adult to the amenities.
o It is the responsibility of all camp patrons to secure and make safe
their own possessions.
o Domestic pets are not permitted at Lake Lenthall.
o There are no waste dumping facilities at Lake Lenthall.
Places are limited so pre-booking of sites is required. To book site visitors
can contact the Lake Lenthall Ranger Office on (07) 4129 4833
Camping is also available at the nearby Wongi Waterholes (see Department
of Environment and Resource Management). There are no public phones at
Lake Lenthall. Nearest fuel, bait and tackle supplies are at service stations
along the Bruce Highway.
Visitors need to bring their own drinking water.
Wide Bay Water Corporation has appointed an onsite ranger at Lake Lenthall
to oversee the maintenance and use of Lake Lenthall facilities.
Ranger Rob Hardy can be contacted on 07 4129 4833
In the case of an emergency at Lake Lenthall please phone 0400 103 362
The Site Rangers as authorised by Wide Bay Water Corporation reserve the
right to evict any person contravening these Rules & Conditions, or
the Recreation Management Plan and Camping Management Plan Rules and Regulations.
Wide Bay Water Corporation reserves the right to increase site fees or
change these rules and regulations without notification. The Rangers have
the right to refuse site usage or entry to any person. Wide Bay Water
Corporation shall not be responsible for and disclaims all liability for
any loss, liability, damage (whether direct, indirect, or consequential),
personal injury or expense of any nature whatsoever which may be suffered
by you or any third party, as a result of, or which may be attributable,
directly or indirectly, to your access and use of Lake Lenthall and the
Lake Lenthall Recreation Area.
Access - Currently Lake Lenthall is open daily from 6.00am to 4.00pm.
Gates are locked overnight.
Lake Lenthall is in the Wongi State Forest, 36km south-west of Hervey
Bay, and is the primary reservoir for the city's water supply. For those
wanting a peaceful fishing or picnicking experience, the lake is open
from 6am to 8pm. Fishing permits are required and can be obtained by phoning
the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries on 13 25 23.
The State government maintained road into the lake from the Bruce Highway
is unsealed and does require care and low speeds. A 4WD is recommended
during wet conditions.
for a detailed map on how to get to Lake Lenthall (A4 printable version
Reports - Sweetwater Fishing Forum
Dept of Primary
Industries & Fisheries
Lenthall Boat Ramp
Waterholes Camp Ground