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Lake Lenthall - camping and recreation Lake Lenthall - camping and recreation

Lake Lenthall is a great destination for a family barbeque, a spot of fishing and perhaps a peaceful bushwalk.

Visitors can enjoy the picnic area near the dam overlooking the lake.

The lake attracts a plethora of native flora and fauna and bird-watching is a must (look our for the rare Black Breasted Button Quail).

There is also a viewing platform above the spillway that can be accessed on foot.


Short stay camping of up to three (3) days/two (2) nights - is permitted.

The maximum number of campers at any one time is eighteen (18) plus up to six (6) self-contained camper vehicles that have waste storage facilities.

The number of campers is limited to the capacity of the on-site sewage treatment facilities to protect the main drinking water source of Hervey Bay.

Lake Lenthall Camping Rules

  • Campers are required to bring their own drinking water as there is none available on site. There is also no electricity.
  • Maximum 2 nights stay. Site check-in time is 11am and departure time is 10am.
  • Generators not permitted.
  • No detergents can be used in the lake. Washing sinks are available behind the top toilets.
  • Open fires are prohibited in the recreation area. Please remember your gas cooker.
  • All food scraps and fish carcases are to be wrapped prior to placing in rubbish bins.
  • Camping areas are to be kept clean and tidy at all times.
  • No parking or driving on grassed areas.
  • Noise to be kept to a minimum after 9pm.
  • Parents/guardians are responsible for the safety and behaviour of their children within the camping/recreational area.
  • Children under 7 years of age must be accompanied by an adult to the amenities.
  • It is the responsibility of all campers to secure and make safe their own possessions.
  • Domestic pets are not permitted at Lake Lenthall.
  • There are no waste dumping facilities at Lake Lenthall.

Camping fees

Off-peak - per person per night $10.50
Off-peak - per family per night (family inc. 2 adults, and accompanying children (max 4) up to 18 years $40.00
Peak - per person per night $12.50
Peak - per family per night (family inc. 2 adults, and accompanying children (max 4) up to 18 years $50.00

Peak periods includes Qld. School holidays, public holidays, and public holiday long weekends.

Booking a site

As placed are limited, pre-booking of sites is required.

A non-refundable booking fee of 50% of the camping fee is payable at time of booking.

To book a site, visitors can contact the Lake Lenthall Ranger Office on (07) 4129 4833.

There are no public phones at Lake Lenthall.  The nearest fuel, bait and tackle supplies are at service stations along the Bruce Highway.

Visitors will need to bring their own drinking water.


Each year, the Fraser Coast Fish Stocking Association stock Lake Lenthall with fingerlings.

Since 1984, almost 450,000 fingerlings have been released including: barramundi, Australian bass, golden perch (yellow belly) and silver perch.

A Stocked Impoundment Permit (SIP) is required to fish at Lake Lenthall. These are available at Australia Post offices throughout Queensland, locally at the roadhouse a few kilometres north of the turn-off, on the Bruce Highway, or fishing supply stores in Hervey Bay and Maryborough.

Alternatively, they can be purchased online from the Queensland Government at

More information can be obtained relating to the size, take and possession limits  by phoning Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol on 13 25 23.



The Site Ranger/s as authorised by Wide Bay Water reserve the right to evict any person contravening the above rules and conditions, or the Recreation Management Plan and Camping Management Plan Rules and Regulations. Wide Bay Water reserves the right to increase site fees or change these rules and regulations without notification. The Ranger/s have the right to refuse site usage or entry to any person. Wide Bay Water shall not be responsible for and disclaims all liability for any loss, liability, damage (whether direct, indirect, or consequential), personal injury or expense of any nature whatsoever which may be suffered by you or any third party, as a result of, or which may be attributable, directly or indirectly, to your access and use of Lake Lenthall and the Lake Lenthall Recreation Area.