Manton Dam, near Darwin, NT

Manton Dam, near Darwin, NT


The paddle


Given the enclosed nature and size of the lake you can design a variety of interesting paddles in different directions.


The launch and return point is the boat ramp.


How to get there


Manton Dam is 75 km south east of Darwin


What to expect Ð water conditions, etc


Given the size of the lake you need to consider the effect of winds and changing weather conditions.


As there is no restriction on boating activities on the lake care should be taken around motorised boats activities and especially near the boat ramp.


There is a no-skiing section of the lake, which can be accessed if you want to escape the skiing traffic. 


There is a boat ramp to enable launching from.


Distance/Time to allow


You can tailor your paddles to the time that you have available. You can organise interesting paddles of 2 to 4 hours in duration.


Camping facilities, accommodation, etc


There is no camping permitted at the dam, though a range of accommodation options are available in Darwin and surrounds.


The Dam is open from 9am to 5pm on weekdays and 8am to 7pm on weekends.


Other attractions in the area


Attractions in Darwin and surrounding natural areas.


Other useful information


Further Information can be obtained from:   


A map of the dam can be obtained from:  


Darwin Canoe Club paddle on this creek regularly and if you are local joining the club is a good way to find out about other secret canoe trips and to enjoy the company of like minded paddlers.

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