North Pine Dam, also known as Lake Samsonvale, was completed in 1976 and is home to large populations of aquatic birds.

North Pine Dam is a gated dam, allowing us to make controlled water releases during times of heavy rain. The dam is only used for water supply and does not have a floodwater storage compartment. If you would like to be notified about releases from North Pine, please sign up for our free dam release notification service.

Visiting the lake

Lake Samsonvale is popular for fishing and picnicking. A new network of trails (Postman's Track) is now open for the public to enjoy. Download the trail map for more information.

Access to the lake for boating is available to club members. Please contact the Lake Samsonvale Water Sports Association for further information.

Fishing permits are required on Lake Samsonvale. Please contact the Pine Rivers Fish Management Association for details.

Download the Lake Samsonvale Recreation Guide* for detailed information about activities, as well as maps and important safety information.

Note: Recreation at, and access to, our sites may have changed since the recreation guides were published in 2014. We are in the process of updating these guides to simple one-page recreation maps. Until then, please refer to for the most recent updates about recreation activities and site access.

Future recreation changes at Lake Samsonvale

Lake Samsonvale (North Pine Dam) will be opened to the public for paddle craft for the first time following a landmark water quality assessment.

The Australian-first study found Lake Samsonvale is able to cope with the introduction of public paddle craft, in addition to the Lake Samsonvale Water Sports Association and Pine Rivers Fish Management Association’s continued use of the lake, without impacting drinking water quality.

Lake Samsonvale is a major drinking water supply for South East Queensland and the assessment shows Seqwater is able to introduce more recreation on the lake, while maintaining a safe, secure and reliable drinking water supply.

We will be working with local recreation clubs, neighbours and the Moreton Bay Regional Council over the coming months to carefully plan these changes.

More information will be available as planning progresses in 2017.

To find out more, email

Key facts

Name: North Pine Dam / Lake Samsonvale
Watercourse: North Pine River
Location: Petrie
Year completed: 1976
Type of construction: Concrete gravity dam with earthfill embankments on abutments
Fully supply capacity: 214302ML
Current capacity: 151,239 (70.6% full) at 29-05-2017 10:44am