Information about KEEPIT DAM

Keepit Dam is located to the north west of Gunnedah on the Namoi River. This dam is approximately two thirds the size of Sydney Harbour.

It was established to regulate the flow of the Namoi River to meet water needs downstream for agriculture, particularly the irrigation of cotton. It also has its own Hydro-electric Power Station.

The Foreshores Park on Lake Keepit is a popular recreation spot for all manner of water sport with sailing and speed boat regattas being regular occurrences.

Lake Keepit is two thirds the size of Sydney Harbour. Located in the Lake Keepit State Park, just 36 kms from Manilla along the Rushes Creek Rd, it is an ideal place to spend a day or even longer. There are great amenities and some fantastic activities that include sailing, skiing, gliding, swimming, fishing, tennis, skating, walking trails or just relaxing around the campsite.

Lake Keepit also offers a variety of accommodation options that include cabins, ensuite cabins, 2 bdrm chalet, camp-otels, camping and powered sites. There is superb facilities including a well-stocked licensed kiosk, selling all camping requirements. The camp kitchen is a fantastic gathering place for families and friends, with a fireplace, electric BBQ, sinks, tables and benches.

There is an entry fee per vehicle to the park.

Lake Keepit State Park
The Duty Manger
Keepit Dam Road
Ph: 02 6769 7605 (Ranger)
Ph: 02 6769 7693 (Lake Keepit Kiosk)
Ph: 02 6769 7514 (Keepit Soaring Centre - bookings for joyrides)

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All photographs on this page taken by R. J. Burling

Keepit Dam
These photographs show a series of views related to the main wall of the dam.


Bottom centre shows the Hydro-electric Power Station.

Keepit Dam
Keepit Dam
Keepit Dam
Keepit Dam

Storage Capacity 423,000 megalitres
(67% of Sydney Harbour)
Area Submerged 4,400 Hectares
Maximum Water Depth 40 metres
Catchment Area 5,700 Sq Km
MAIN WALL: Height 55 metres
MAIN WALL: Length of Crest 533 metres
MAIN WALL: Width of Crest 6.5 metres
MAIN WALL: Max. Width of Base 43 metres
SPILLWAY: Type Central gated overflow crest
90 metres wide, 6 radial gates
each 14.9 metres wide.
SPILLWAY: Capacity 905,000 megalitres/day
Max. Discharge Capacity 3,500 megalitres/day
Includes power station discharge

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