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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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  • Fairly average road on the way out, with no services at the lake when you arrive. If you are lucky you will see someone water skiing, but other than that it is a pretty large lake with a decent lookou...  more »
  • The lake is much bigger then what i was expecting. We first saw it as a storm rolled over and it was spectacular. We went back during fine weather and it was picture perfect. It is surprisingly quiet ...  more »
  • I'm just visiting and my friend brought me to see the non busy side of Mt Isa and there's Lake Moondarra. I really felt for those miners who stuck with their jobs underground, must be so hard not able...  more »