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The Moogerah Dam is a mass concrete double curvature arch dam with an un-gated spillway across the Reynolds Creek that is located in the South East region of Queensland , Australia. The main purposes of the dam are for irrigation of the Reynolds Creek and for supply of potable water to Warrill Creek and farmers in the Warrill Valley. Moogerah is derived from the Aboriginal word Moojirah , meaning "home of the thunderstorm. The dam is located above the Fassifern Valley , approximately 60 kilometres 37 mi southwest of Ipswich.
Aratula is the nearest town, approximately 11 kilometres 6. The primary inflow of the reservoir is the Reynolds Creek, a tributary of the Bremer River. Construction on the dam began in , although land for the project was d as early as The thousand-cubic-metre From a catchment area of square kilometres 88 sq mi that includes much of the north—eastern slopes of the Main Range , the dam creates Lake Moogerah, with a surface area of hectares 2, acres.
The dam supplies drinking water to the towns of Boonah and Ipswich, although the main user is the Swanbank Power Station. It also supplies irrigation water to small crop farms in the Fassifern Valley. SunWater is undertaking a dam spillway capacity upgrade program to ensure the continued safety of the dam. Amenities adjacent to the dam and reservoir include such places as Moogerah Lakeside Bush Retreat which was ly a church campground but is now a locally owned and operated lakeside camping destination offering standard camping options as well as bunkhouses sleeping up to 12 people each, and self-contained cottage accommodation.
Activities available at the retreat include fishing, boat hire, kayak hire, as well as a variety of bushwalks. In addition to this, Camp Moogerah is on the eastern shore of the lake, offering cabin accommodation and outdoor activity camps for schools, churches, youth groups, sports clubs etc. On the southern shore is the privately owned and used, Brisbane Grammar School Pepperina Hill Campsite, which is primarily used for grade camps throughout the year, and where the school owns a boatshed for kayaking on the lake.
Barbecues and picnic areas at Haig Park. This side also provides access to the dam wall. Across the wall is Mount Edwards which has several walking trail and hiking paths. The road uphill behind the old kiosk now a house le to a lookout and downhill to a further picnic area and playground at the bottom of the wall on the banks of Reynolds Creek.
School Camps Queensland operates camping and family cabins that sleep up to 12 people in each cabin during school holidays and weekends. It offers a variety of accommodation powered, unpowered tent and caravan sites, overnight cabin and house and permanent cabins. Other site facilities include electric and wood barbecues, two boat ramps, kiosk bread, milk, ice, firewood and sundries , kayak hire and children's playground. Lake Moogerah Caravan Park is located near many of the area's attractions and activities, including wineries, national parks and Lake Moogerah itself.
A stocked impoundment permit is required to fish in the dam. It is held every Easter, with a cast of up to Dam in South East Queensland. Location of the Moogerah Dam in Queensland. Irrigation Potable water supply . Queensland portal Water portal. Dams information. Australian National Committee on Large Dams.
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