Manton River was impounded in 1942 to build the Dam which was
Darwin's first water supply reservoir. In 1951 its catchment was
declared as Woolnough Water Catchment and Flora and Fauna reserve.
In 1972 a dam was constructed on the Darwin River, to the north-west,which
then became the main water supply for Darwin's expanding population.
is a naturally occurring population of Saratoga present as well
as some barramundi that were stocked in the early 1990s.
Being in the heartland of some of Australias best barra
country, Manton Dam rarely gets a mention in the media. Being
around 75km south east of Darwin the dam offers one of the few
safe water skiing locations in the region & attracts
plenty of attention from the noise boats, however there is a designated
"no ski" area for anglers to escape to if annoyed.
With fish breeding techniques pretty much run-of-the-mill these
days, Manton Dam could prove to be a major drawcard to rival the
"Big Barra" Lakes of Qld if stocked to its potential.
include boat ramp, toilets, picnic tables & Bar B Qs.
No camping is allowed at the Dam.
The Dam is open from 9am to 5pm on weekdays and from 8am to 7pm
on weekends and public holidays. The area is closed each night.
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