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Located on the Severn River in the far north of New South Wales and only 58 km from Inverell or 22 km downstream from Ashford is the Pindari Dam. Pindari comes from an aboriginal word meaning ‘high rocks’ and is the name of an early pastoral run which adjoined the dam.

Pindari Dam was the first major conservation storage to be built in northern NSW, commencing in 1967 and completed in 1969 and serving the New South Wales-Queensland Border Rivers system. Although the dam was originally constructed in 1967-69, it was greatly increased in size to the size you have now quoted in 1995.  The original dam was only 1/10th of it's current size.

  Dam Facts  
  Storage capacity - 312,000 million litres or over half the volume of Sydney Harbour.  
  Catchment area - 1,994 square kilometres.  
  Surface area - 10.5 square kilometres.  
  Maximum water depth - 85 metres (taller than the highest sail on the Sydney Opera House).  
  Width of base - 217 metres.  
  Length of main crest - 954 metres.  
  Maximum spillway discharge - 21,900 cubic metres/second (1.89 million ML/day).  
  Maximum outlet discharge - 58 cubic metres/second (5,000 ML/day)  

For further information contact:

Information Centre

Inverell Visitor Information Centre

Inverell Shire Council
144 Otho Street
Ph: 02 6728 8288

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Pindari Dam Attractions

Pindari Dam
• Offers many outdoor recreational activities including bushwalking, sailing, swimming, fishing, water skiing, and picnicking.
• The Ashford Fishing Club has restocked the dam with golden perch and silver perch, supplied by the State Fisheries. Due to the rugged foreshores, most fishing is done from boats. A NSW freshwater recreational fishing licence is required. Care must also be taken at times of poor water quality, especially when consuming water or fish. Keep an eye out for signs that have been erected in the event of algal blooms.
The Foreshore Park
• Based on Crown Reserve and managed by Inverell Shire Council is a popular local picnic site. The Reserve covers 464 ha of rugged timber country and is great for bushwalking. Access is by road from Ashford or from Inverell via the access road at Bukkulla or from Glen Innes. All the roads join the Richard Tighe Scenic Drive, which gives access to the park from the east and west.
• There is a lookout on the main dam wall, next to the State Water office where you can walk across the kilometre wall to enjoy the views. There is also access to see the spillway and views up and down stream.
Recreational Facilities
• Includes boat launching ramp, BBQs, bush shelter sheds and tables, toilets and a modern amenities building. There is no established caravan park, but there are good sites for caravans or camping on the foreshores.

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