Officially open on 8 November 2019, this beautiful oasis is located in Hughenden, the outback of North West Queensland. Spend hours of fun by the water swimming, bird watching, fishing or boating.
The Hughenden Recreational Lake is a multiple-use lake shared by many users. From aquatic activities, such as boating and water skiing or non-motorised watercraft with canoe and kayak or take a stroll along the lake and enjoy this man-made lake.
This Recreational Lake Precinct is about 22 hectares (59 acres), with approximately 900m in length and up to 400m at its widest point. It's about the size of 35 football fields. Hughenden Recreation Lake is formed by filling the natural depression of Station Creek and the lake is filled by natural runoff from the catchment area. In addition to the lake's natural catchment, the Flinders River water will be pumped into the lake. In the event that an additional source of water is required, a bore located on the northern side of the river will be connected to the pipeline that flows into the lake.
You can do fishing here too. The fishing jetty is located on the southern edge of the lake with amenities and shelter close by. In January 2020, Australian Native Fish Enterprises with the help of the local community, released 15,000 Sooty Grunter fingerlings, 15,000 Sleepy Cod fingerlings and 5,000 Red claw yabbies into the Hughenden Recreation Lake.
There is a designated swimming area, which is between Moran street and Mowbray street entrance, complete with a man-made beach area. There is no lifeguard on duty here. You can also enjoy the water feature in the garden area.
Picnic tables, some with free gas BBQ, a shaded playground, walking or cycling path are other facilities that you can use here. Please make sure your pet is on leash. There is an envirogreen degradable animal waste bag located near the playground if you need them for your pet.