Lake Moondarra, Mount Isa

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Lake Moondarra is an artificial lake on the Leichhardt River in Queensland, Australia, 16 km downstream from the town of Mount Isa. It provides water to the city and the adjacent Mount Isa Mines (MIM) mining lease.Construction began on the Leichhardt Dam in 1956, and was completed on 6 November 1958 at a cost of £1.7 million. The dam was built for Mount Isa Mines and, at the time, was the largest water scheme in Australia financed by private enterprise. The original construction was started by the American Utah Construction Company, but Thiess Brothers completed the project.On 11 July 1961 the dam officially became Lake Moondarra after a competition to name the dam was won by a Mount Isa local, Danny Driscoll. The aboriginal name means "plenty of rain also thunder".The lake includes picnic areas, pontoons, a ski jump, and water sports facilities. The lake is popular with birdwatchers, sailors and anglers, as it is stocked with barramundi and sooty grunter. The Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic has been held there since 1999.
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  • This is a really picturesque reservoir in the hills about Mt Isa. After the recent rains it looks lush. Great spot for a picnic, if you are equipped to deal with the flies.  more »
  • A lovely place to visit for a picnic or a walk. There is a bicycle track from Mt Isa, quite a strenuous ride but a very good track. You can walk out onto the dam wall. Lots of birds and a wonderful pl...  more »
  • Great place to visit about 20k out of Mount Isa down a sealed road all the way to the lake. Plenty of parking adjacent to the lake and also close to covered picnic benches with BBQs good space in this...  more »
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  • Great place for a bbq and a swim beautiful sunsrts
  • Nice place, no swimming everywhere
  • Beautiful place to just relax and look at the view
  • Great scenery, take your camera!
  • Just a lovely lake that's well maintained.
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