Moondarra ( Leichardt River Dam ) - 15 Km NE of Mt Isa.
Dam was constructed in 1957 for the purpose of town water
& industrial use.
The lake's name, Moondarra, came from a public contest held
at the time. It has a surface area 2375 hectares and holds
106 000ML of water at an average depth of 6 meters when
lake is used for various recreational activities such as
canoeing, sailing, boating, skiing, swimming, picnics, and
increasingly, fishing. The lake is also the main source
of freshwater for Mount Isa and a Fresh Water Lagoon was
built to allow the war to naturally filter through reeds
and for particles to settle out before pumping to Mount
Species available are Barramundi, Sooty Grunter, Saratoga,
Alligator Gar, Fork-tailed Catfish, Jew, Archerfish, Spangled
Perch & Sleepy Cod.
Moondarra is the main target for fish stocking in the Mount
The Mt Isa Fish Stocking Group also has a fish breeding
facility located at the Freshwater Lagoon adjacent to the
Fishing Competition. The Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic
is in October. See the Event
Calendar for updates.
Fishing Guide - None
boating restrictions apply here. Concrete boat ramps are
Other facilities include tables, toilets, shelters, BBQs
& drinking water.
No camping at the lake, however accomodation is available
in Mt Isa. See Accomodation
page for details.