Falls Dam ( Lake Tinaroo ). Atherton / Yungaburra. Nth Qld
Falls Dam was constructed in 1958 on Barron River. It holds
436 500 mega litres of water, has an average depth of 13
meters and has a surface area of 3360 hectares.
The dam wall is mass gravity concrete construction that
is 45 meters high, 533 meters long and 35 meters thick at
Lake Tinaroo extends 15 kms upstream with a shoreline of
approximately 210 km.
Fishing species include: Archerfish, Bony Bream, Eel-Tailed
Catfish, Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Mouth Almighty, Northern
Saratoga, Sleepy Cod, Silver Perch, Snub Nosed Gar, Sooty
Grunter and Redclaw Crayfish. Tilapia were illegally introduced
into Lake Tinaroo and have established themselves. This
pest species should be destroyed if caught.
The main drawcards to Tinaroo Dam are the Sooty Grunter
(in excess of 6 kg) and barramundi (recorded to 45 kg).
A Stocked Impoundment Permit (SIP) is required to fish within
There are no boating restrictions with several concrete
boat ramps available.
There are numerous camping and/or accommodation sites available
around the lake. See the Accommodation
Page for details.
include toilets, picnic tables, showers, kiosk, public telephone,
drinking water, food & fuel available.