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Campers stream into full dam sites

Ranger Chris Hine (left) and Anthony Dagan look out to Somerset dam, which is at 90 per cent capacity after heavy rainfall.
Ranger Chris Hine (left) and Anthony Dagan look out to Somerset dam, which is at 90 per cent capacity after heavy rainfall. Sarah Harvey

CAMPERS who arrive at Somerset Dam to celebrate Easter this weekend without a booking will be turned away.

More than 3000 people have booked camping sites at two major camping grounds in the area and record crowds are expected, with the region's major recreational dam at its highest level in eight years.

Lake Somerset Holiday Park employee Carolyn Feeney said it was business as usual at the popular holiday destination.

“It is pretty busy out here on a normal weekend but for the Easter long weekend we have already taken close to 3000 bookings and can't take any more because don't have any room left,” Ms Feeney said.

“We started taking bookings for the camp site at the end of Easter last year and it always proves to be a really popular destination with tourists.”

Ms Feeney said campers started arriving at the grounds yesterday and had booked to stay until Easter Monday.

“A lot of people enjoy it here because of all the fishing and water skiing they can do,” she said.

Seqwater senior ranger Rohan Thorogood said Somerset Dam was expecting record crowds this long weekend with Somerset Dam at more than 90 per cent capacity.

“Camping continues to be a popular and affordable holiday option. We are expecting more than 2200 campers at the Lake Somerset Holiday Park at Kirkleagh and around 800 campers at Somerset Park,” Mr Thorogood said.

“People who turn up at these designated camping areas over the Easter weekend who do not have a booking will unfortunately be turned away. The best advice for next year, or for other peak holiday times, is to book well in advance.”

To ensure the safety of water users Seqwater rangers and the Queensland Police Service will also conduct patrols in and around Somerset and Wivenhoe dams.




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