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Pike Creek Reservoir
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Location Queensland
Type reservoir
Primary inflows Pike Creek
Primary outflows Pike Creek
Basin countries Australia
Surface area 1,800 ha (4,400 acres)
Average depth 4.3 m (14 ft)
Water volume 254,000 ML (9,000×10^6 cu ft)

Glenlyon Dam, also known as Pike Creek Reservoir, is in Queensland near the border with New South Wales, roughly between Stanthorpe and Texas to the west. In 1976, the dam wall was built on Pike Creek, a tributary of the Dumaresq River, 5 km (3.1 mi) upstream from the confluence of the Mole River and Severn River branching from the Dumaresq.

Glenlyon Dam provides water for irrigation of grain and fodder crops. It is managed by SunWater. Swimming, fishing, boating and water skiing are all permitted, with no restrictions on boating except near the dam wall. Two boat ramps facilitate access for boating. In the upper reaches of feeder creeks there a large areas of standing timber and submerged logs.

In mid-1994, the dam was at a critically low level of 5% and the next year rose to just 12% of capacity during a series of droughts in Australia.

Fishing

The dam is stocked with golden perch, murray cod and silver perch while spangled perch, bony bream and eel-tailed catfish breed naturally. A Stocked Impoundment Permit is required to fish in the dam.

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