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.Make Lake Moondarra a centerpiece of your Mount Isa vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Mount Isa family vacation planner.
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Nice to see some blue water. . What a beautiful spot in the middle of no where. We visited on a Saturday and figured there would be lots of locals around. Not the case. .very quiet, peaceful..a lovely... more »
Wow what a gteat place. Good for water activities and picnics. Great view of the lake from the top viewing area.
Great view of the lake and surrounding. Peacocks roam the area. Have visited the lake a few times since moving to Isa, lovely view for a run or walk.
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