Visit Lake Endeavour
Your access permit allows bushwalking, fishing, bird watching and picnicking.
The Lake Endeavour is a water supply reserve for Parkes Shire and its spillway forms an integral part of the Shire's waterways.
Lake Endeavour Dam is located on the Billabong Creek approximately 25 kilometres east of Parkes and is open to the public to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Access permits are available from Council for passive recreational activities such as bushwalking, bird watching, fishing and picnicking.
To apply for a six month passive recreation permit for Lake Endeavour visit Parkes Shire Council's Administration Building at 2 Cecile Street, Parkes or phone 02 6861 2344.
While an access permit from Council will allow residents access to the dam, keen fisherwomen and fishermen must pay the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee to obtain a fishing licence to fish in NSW waterways, including Lake Endeavour. NSW Recreational Fishing Permits can be obtained online from Service NSW.
Due to the fact that Lake Endeavour is a vital water source for Parkes and Peak Hill, both motorised and non-motorised boating activities and swimming are not permitted due to the risk of contamination.
Whilst Council encourages passive recreation at Lake Endeavour please be aware of the conditions of the access permit which include:
- Access is only permitted during daylight hours.
- No access is permitted to the dam wall area, including spillway, valve tower or access conduits.
- No vehicular access outside the designated parking area.
- No camping.
- No shooting
- No dogs permitted.
- No fires.
- No glass bottles.
- All rubbish is to be removed.
These conditions are in place to ensure all residents can enjoy Lake Endeavour while keeping the area safe and tidy, and to reduce the risk of contamination in Parkes' main raw water supply.
Any breaches of permit conditions will lead to immediate forfeit of a permit, and occurrences of persons breaching catchment rules should be immediately reported to Council on Phone 02 6861 2344 (business hours) or 1800 648 585 (after hours).
Following a major infrastructure upgrade to the Dam wall recently, the NSW Department of Primary Industries recently released 5,000 Murray Cod fingerlings into the lake as part of an ongoing fish restocking program.
Murray Cod were once widespread throughout the Murray-Darling system but unfortunately are now a listed threatened species. The presence of Murray Cod in Lake Endeavour will increase the health and biodiversity of the dam, as well as provide recreational fishing opportunities for local residents.