A little background here. Enoggera dam was the first major dam built in Queensland, but now, along with neighbouring Gold Creek and Manchester Dams, they are not used as part of the regular water supply for Brisbane, but can be re-activated in the event of a major drought.
Picnickers at Enoggera Reservoir circa 1900 (Courtesy Wikicommons)
A lot of thought has been put into thinking how this lakes can be better used for recreation by the Brisbane population. They have all long had hiking tracks, but often poorly maintained and signed, making them underused. When the Brisbane City Council asked the people of Brisbane for suggestions the overwhelming response was "improve the facilities and allow more activities."
As a result, Enoggera reservoir has been opened up for paddling activities such as canoeing and kayaking. Currently there is a little bit of walk to carry your kayak or canoe down to the launch area. Hopefully this will improve shortly. The paddle craft ramp area is located near the designated swimming area at the Brisbane Forest Park Information Centre.
Fishing is permitted from the paddle craft. No fishing is allowed from the shore. While Enoggera reservoir is not currently stocked with fish, the Brisbane Valley Anglers Fish Stocking Association will commence in stocking it in early 2015. Currently you don't need a permit to fish but this may change as most stocked lakes and reservoirs require a permit to cover the cost of stocking.
Swimming is now permitted. Not that it ever stopped the local kids and occasional hot and tired hiker. However swimming is restricted to certain areas only which are accessed via the Brisbane Forest Park Information Centre at 60 Mount Nebo Road.
Of course there is still hiking, picnicking and barbecue activities, as well as the great Green Tree Cafe and the zoo. But expect facilities to continue to improve and the range of permitted activities to expand both at Enoggera and other SEQWater locations.
Finally, be aware that Enoggera is part of the drought water security strategy and in the advent of a major drought it may be connected to the water supply. In such a situation recreational access to the lake may be restricted.