Wivenhoe ( Wivenhoe Dam ) - Fernvale / Esk. Qld
Wivenhoe takes its name from one of the early farms in the district.
The property was named after a maritime town in Essex, England,
on the River Colne, near Colchester. It had been taken up by the
Uhr brothers, one of whom was killed by the Aboriginals while working
sheep in a yard near the present Lake Manchester. The surviving
brother, together with a retired naval man, J.S.Ferriter, held the
property for some time. It was bought by the North family in 1849,
with some decendants still hold land around Wivenhoe today. Wivenhoe
Inn nearby became a popular stopping place.
Wivenhoe Dam is open during daylight hours only. The gates at Hamon
Cove, Logans Inlet, Cormorant Bay & the Spillway Common are
locked after hours.
Additional bank access is permitted at Cormorant Bay, Branch Creek,
Somerset Park (on Stanley River arm below Somerset Dam wall), the
information centre (next to dam wall) & O'Sheas Crossing (Brisbane
River). Swings, toilets, drinking water, Bar B Qs, & picnic
tables are provided at most locations. Due to budget cutbacks, the
access points at Billies Bay, Hays Landing, Sheepstation Inlet,
Maclean Point & Figtree lookout are now closed to the general
Fish Stocked are Australian Bass, Yellowbelly, Silver Perch, Saratoga
& Mary River Cod.
Other fish present are Fork Tailed Catfish (Silver Cobbler) Spangled
Perch, Tilapia, Banded Grunter, Snub Nosed Gar, Eels, Qld Lungfish
and Redclaw crayfish.
Lake Wivenhoe is undoubtedly the home of Big Bass in Queensland,
possibly Australia being rivaled possibly only by Lake Genbawn in
NSW or Wivenhoe's sister, Lake Somerset immediately upstream. However
the restricted access and limited boating use mean that many of
Lake Wivenhoe's big bass are left unmolested most of the time.
For those that put in the effort to become intimate with this huge
lake, the rewards are certainly there for the taking.
Boating is allowed but with electric motor, paddle or sail power
only. To stop pollution, no internal combustion engines are allowed
to be used but can still be left on boats.
Outboard motors are permitted in the Brisbane River upstream of
Camping is permitted at Captain Logans Camp, at the adjacent Lumley
Hill or at Camp Somerset below the Somerset Dam wall.
Boat launching ramps are available at Logans Inlet & Hamon Cove.
Stocked Impoundment Permit is required to fish at Lake Wivenhoe.