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Somerset Dam

Somerset dam/Lake Somerset is cradled by a ring of surrounding hills approximately one hour from Brisbane. Not only is it ideal for water skiing, wake-boarding and sailing, but it is also one of the most popular fishing and camping destinations. There are plenty of facilities for the day user too. A section of the dam is cordoned off which make for safe swimming. On the practical side of things it is one of Brisbane’s most important water catchments. It holds 380 000 megalitres of water when full and has a surface area of 4 210 hectares. Water is released into Lake Wivenhoe and from there into the Brisbane River.

Somerset Dam was built on the Stanley River between 1933 and 1958. It was named after Henry Plantagenet Somerset, a local and M.L.A. for Stanley from 1904 – 1920. The town of Somerset was originally built to house the construction workers working on the dam.

Do note that fuel-powered boats are permitted on this dam.

Somerset Dam - Gallery

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