Lakes & Dams

Dumaresq Dam

Dumaresq dam was built between 1896 and 1898 and was Armidale’s water supply until the 1968, when Malpas Dam was completed. It is now set aside as a recreation reserve. A 2.5 km walking track passes through eucalypt woodland on its way around the dam. Both the woodland and the dam offer excellent opportunities for bird watching, and for anglers, the dam is stocked with trout, and occasionally bass. There is a boat ramp for canoes and kayaks, but petrol boats are not allowed. Picnicking and viewing facilities are available but there is strictly no camping.

Malpas Dam

Malpas Dam is located to the south east of Guyra and to the north of Armidale. It was built as the major water supply for the city of Armidale. Its construction was completed in 1968 and currently has a storage capacity of 13,000 megalitres with expansion capabilities to 26,000megalitres.

It is the home of the New England Sailing Club and many competition meetings (as well as the local meetings) are held on the dam throughout the year. Picnicking and viewing facilities are available but there is strictly no camping.

Copeton Dam

Copeton Dam is situated on the Gwydir River about 60 kilometres upstream of Bingara. Copeton Dam is one of the largest inland dams in NSW with a capacity of 1,364,000 megalitres, nearly three times that of Sydney Harbour. There is access via Inverell and Tingha.

Access to the eastern foreshore (via Howell Road) via Tingha has public toilets and rubbish collection from bins in the reserve. Visitors can fish, boat and camp here with no fees (fees charged on the Inverell access) though there are no facilities other than the above mentioned.