Recreation at Googong Dam and Foreshores

Googong Dam’s main function is to supply water for Canberra and Queanbeyan and now the Googong Township, so water quality is the highest priority.

To ensure high water quality and to protect our drinking water it is important that you follow the simple rules, after all what you put in Googong Dam effects the whole community.

Are you a new member to the Googong Township? Download the Googong Welcome Pack Factsheet and Recreation at Googong Foreshore Brochure.

As the warmer weather makes recreation around water more attractive, it’s a good time to remind residents of the Googong Township, Queanbeyan and the ACT of the special role that Googong Dam and its foreshores play. Googong Dam’s main function is to supply water for the urban areas of the ACT and Queanbeyan – it is the single largest reservoir in the Capital Region water supply system, holding 119.4 gigalitres (GL, or 119,400 million litres). 

Keeping this precious source of drinking water safe means there are some things we can’t do in and around the dam. Icon Water and the ACT Parks and Conservation Service have recently installed new signs at the dam to set out the ways you can still enjoy the area while protecting drinking water quality for the community.

Recreation permitted at Googong Dam and Foreshores

  • Picknicking, canoeing, bushwalking, fishing, and mountain bike riding on formed roads are all great activities that the ACT and QPRC community can enjoy and don’t contaminate our drinking water.
  • Human and animal contact with the Googong Reservoir is NOT permitted.  
  • Dogs are NOT allowed in the Googong Dam and foreshore area.
  • Petrol powered boats are NOT permitted on the Dam, in order to protect the reservoir from the risk of contamination from petrol and oil spills. Only human and electric powered boats, such as kayaks and sailboats, are permitted.
  • Vessels which have a high potential of a person falling into the water, such as stand-up paddle boards, surfboards, water skiing and windsurfers are NOT permitted
  • Swimming and body contact with the water is NOT permitted in the Dam. Alternative spots for swimming recreation are downstream of the Dam wall, including the downstream picnic area, Queanbeyan River and the Queanbeyan and Googong swimming pools.
  • For safety reasons, Googong Dam and foreshores will be closed to the all members of the public on days of a Total Fire Ban. 

Googong is a unique and precious resource for all, so we need to look after it and protect our drinking water.

Fishing and Boating at Googong Dam and Foreshore

Googong Dam is a great place to fish, and is open to fishing all year round. However, as the primary function of Googong Dam is to store drinking water for the Canberra and Queanbeyan region, we need to ensure that we're not effecting the water quality.

  • Fishing is permitted from the foreshore and from allowable water vessels.
  • Petrol powered boats are not permitted. Electric powered boats are permitted, as well as sailing boats, canoes and kayaks.
  • No swimming or bodily contact with the water is permitted.
  • Only minimal contact when launching a vessel such as kayak and canoe is allowed.
  • No standup paddle boards or windsurfers.
  • NSW fishing regulations apply and a NSW fishing licence is required.
  • Bait collection is not permitted. Please bring your own.
  • The use of live fish or frogs is strictly prohibited. Bag and size limits apply to most fish.
  • Macquarie Perch are totally protected and must not be taken under any circumstances. 

Find the Fishing at Googong Foreshore factsheet for all the information.

Googong is unique so we need to ensure we look after it and protect our drinking water.