For drive enthusiasts, photographers, bird watchers, water sports
Visitor facilities: at dam wall/spillway – parking, toilets, lookouts and views, spectacular dam wall walk etc
Free: to visit dam, fees apply to day picnickers and campers at the lake camp ground if using these facilities.
Getting there: 25 kilometres north of Singleton – right hand turn off New England Hwy into Bridgman Rd after the bridge in Singleton take Carrowbrook Rd to dam
Glennies Creek Dam has a capacity of about half that of Sydney Harbour and was built in the 1980s to supplement supplies from Glenbawn Dam in the Upper Hunter and to meet increased demand in the Hunter Valley for agriculture, industry and towns. Glennies Creek Dam is 39 kilometres upstream from the junction of Glennies Creek with the Hunter River. The dam’s small 233 square kilometre catchment includes the spectacular Mount Royal National Park – seen in the background.
Glennies Creek Dam is a popular inland sport and recreation destination near Singleton, offering year-round attractions for water sports and fishing enthusiasts, nature lovers, bushwalkers, campers and picnickers [fees apply].
The creek and the dam are named after James Glennie, a Royal Navy captain who was granted creek frontage in 1824. The lake and the valley behind the dam are known as St Clair.
Look out points:
Dam wall:Walk across the dam wall/spillway for views of the lake and Mount Royal Range. The curved wall is 67 meters high and 535 meters long.
Lake St Clair foreshores: The extensive lake foreshores provide many vantage points with panoramic views of the lake and rolling countryside. Carrowbrook Road along the eastern foreshore is particularly scenic.
Fish present in lake: Australian Bass, Golden Perch, Silver Perch, Eels, Eel-Tailed Catfish and carp. Bass, Golden Perch and Silver Perch are stocked by the Hawkesbury Nepean Bass Anglers Assn & the Singleton Flyfishing Club using funds from Recreation Fishing Trusts. There is a boat ramp at the camping area. An exclusion zone exists near the dam wall.
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Author: Robyn and Alan Woolley, Valley View Cottage
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