Lake Belmore has provided Croydon with a resource more precious than the gold once mined throughout the area – water.
Lake Belmore is the aquatic jewel of the Gulf Savannah. It is the largest body of fresh water in the region providing locals and tourists with a cool, clean, quiet place to swim, fish, ski, canoe and socialise.
The lake is stocked with Red Claw, Barramundi and Sooty Grunter with Black Bream occurring naturally. Barramundi and Sooty Grunter fingerlings are purchased and released into the lake every year to ensure that the seasonally unrestricted fishing is always fantastic. Note: To fish in Lake Belmore you must have a current Stocked Impoundment Permit (SIP). For information and to purchase a SIP please use the following link:http://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/activities/boating-fishing/rec-fishing/dams/
Size limits apply – Barramundi 60cm and Sooty Grunter 28cm.
Please give tags to the President of the Croydon Fishing and Boating Club.
The Croydon Fishing and Boating Club also hold an annual Barra & Bream Fishing Competition.
Situated less than 4 km from town on a fully sealed bitumen road, the earth wall dam was constructed in 1995 as the town's primary water supply. Prior to 1996, Croydon mainly obtained its water from a number of bores from mining pits, such as the Golden Butterfly, which with time were becoming dry.
The lack of readily available reliable water resources compelled the Croydon Shire Council to seek funding assistance from the Commonwealth and State Governments to remedy the ongoing problem. A decision was made to construct a dam, which would be able to supply the township with a reliable quantity and quality of water.
Recreational Facilities at the lakeside include:
- Beach sand area with huge shade shelter,
- Pontoons, Boat Ramp and sealed circular driveway around facility,
- Free electric barbeques under a huge hade structure with lights,
- Children's Playground,
- Modern Ablution Block - showers and toilets,
- Cafeteria utilised by local Clubs and Groups for Events,
- Designated areas for swimming, skiing and canoeing.
- Lake Belmore is one of the region's best recreational secrets.