Burdekin Dam

Burdekin Dam

Infobox lake
lake_name = Burdekin Dam
image_lake = Burdekin Dam.jpg
caption_lake = Burdekin Dam at 3.75 m over the wall
image_bathymetry =
location = 165 km south of Townsville
coords = coord|20.6435|S|147.138|E|type:waterbody_region:AU|display=inline,title
type = reservoir
inflow =
outflow =
catchment =
basin_countries = Australia
length =
width =
area = 220 km²
depth =
max-depth = 40 m
volume = 1,860,000 ML
reference = [http://www.sunwater.com.au/water_store.htm Sunwater Current Water Storage Information] ]
residence_time =
shore =
elevation = 154 m
islands =
cities =
frozen =

Burdekin Dam (or Burdekin Falls Dam) is located on the Burdekin River in Queensland, Australia south west of Ayr, and Home Hill. It was completed by Leighton Holdings [ [http://www.leighton.com.au/about_us/history/history.html Leighton Holdings History] ] in 1987 and is the largest dam in the state, with a capacity four times that of Sydney Harbour.

The Dam wall is 876 metres long and has a 504 metre spill way, and a drop of 37 metres. The body of water held by the dam is also known as Lake Dalrymple. It holds 1,860,000 megalitres at full capacity.

Plans are in place to increase the safety of this dam in an extreme rainfall event by increasing the spillway capacity. This project is scheduled for completion over the next 5 to 20 years. [ [http://www.sunwater.com.au/current_projects_Spillway.htm Current Projects ] ]

The catchment area for the dam extends north to the Seaview Range west of Ingham, south to the Drummond Range near Alpha through the Suttor and Belyando Rivers, southeast to the coastal ranges west of Mackay, and west beyond Charters Towers to the Lolworth, Montgomery and Stopem Blockem Ranges through the Clark River.


* [http://www.sweetwaterfishing.com.au/Burdekin.htm Burdekin Dam Fishing Information & Map]

A "Stocked Impoundment Permit" is required to fish in the dam [ [http://www2.dpi.qld.gov.au/fishweb/1339.html Fishing in Queensland dams? You may need a permit.] ] .

External links

* [http://www.pictureaustralia.org/apps/pictureaustralia?action=PASearch&mode=subject&complete1=true&attribute1=subject&term1=Burdekin+Dam Pictures- National Library of Australia]


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