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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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  • We went fora drive to see the Lake. It is a lovely place with well kept grounds and spotless bbq's. There is plenty of room for blankets for picnics and there are some gazebo areas. Wonderful place to...  more »
  • Our family went out to Lake Moondra for a family bbq on a Sunday. It was a beautiful day out there. We had to wait alille while to get a bbq. Which was no problem at all. IT was so nice to see so many...  more »
  • Beautiful place to spend a few hours. Spent the afternoon here in a Sunday. Few people out on the lake - even some swimming. Picnic and bbq facilities and toilets. Beautiful setting.  more »

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