Ewen Maddock Dam

Ewen Maddock Dam is west of Caloundra, on Adlington Creek. From the north, it is 2.5 kilometres south down Glass House Mountains Road from the Bruce Highway - Caloundra Interchange to the Mooloolah Connection road. Then 1.7 kilometres west turn into Maddock Park. As the road enters the dam reserve it splits left and right, on a dirt road. The eastern road runs for about a kilometre down towards the spillway,and a launch point. The western road goes one hundred metres to a car park only fifty metres from the waters edge, and a sandy launch point. Stay clear of the dam wall, spillway, and restricted areas, as marked by floats.

Access is from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm. The dam was built in 1976, and covers 371 hectares, holding 17,000 megalitres. Take care to clean your canoe of any aquatic vegetation, as the dam has an exotic pest weed, Cabomba weed. Do not spread this pest.

The water is clean and inviting, and swimming is permitted. The foreshores are timbered, and the ranges at Maleny are seen to the west. Powered craft are not permitted. The old Bruce Highway (Glass House Mountains Road) crosses the southern arm of the dam. The paddling distance from the western sandy beach at the dam wall, down to the far southern arm is three kilometres one way.

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view from southern arm of dam western launch point looking from eastern launch across the water to western launch point dam wall looking east
southern dam (from Old Bruce Highway)
western launch
eastern launch
view of dam wall