Paddle boarding at Lake Somerset is a unique experience. Populated by sentinel tree trunks it’s like paddling in a sculpture park. As one of the largest bodies of water in the region Lake Somerset has a lot to offer the visitor, paddle boarding being just one of the many activities on offer.
The Main Points
- Location – Lake Somerset, South East Queensland Australia
- Cost – Free
- Conditions – Freshwater Dam/lake
- Other users – Occasional small fishing boats (an area to the south is more suited to jetskis etc)
- Entry Point – Access boat ramp from carpark
- Surrounding amenities/Bathrooms- Bathroom on site. Town of Kilcoy 12km north west, Town of Woodford 20km east
Paddle Boarding on Lake Somerset
We found the Westvale Boat ramp park to be a great access point for Lake Somerset. This northern part of the lake is more shallow than to the south. As mentioned there are quite a few trees within the lake itself which provide a hazard to lake users. Both motorised and non-motorised watercraft are popular activities on the lake. Many of these, including water skiing, jet skiing, wakeboarding and tubing tend to occur in the deeper water where there are less obstacles. This means that the northern end can be quiet for a tranquil paddle and watching wildlife.
Hazards for Paddle Boarding Lake Somerset
Paddle boarding on Lake Somerset isn’t without danger. With so many trees and submerged dead wood, lake users need to be aware of the risks associated with paddling in this location. On the day we visited, visibility into the water was 10-20cm and we felt comfortable with our ability to notice and avoid submerged objects. For this reason paddle boarding may not be advisable for beginner paddlers.
Watch our video of Paddle Boarding on Lake Somerset here
For more information about Lake Somerset visit the SEQ Water website here.
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