Lake Cooby offers activities for all members of the family. There's plenty of good fishing spots and boat access (electric motors only) or perhaps you're into more strenuous water sports such as sailing, canoeing or windsurfing.
Lake Cooby is only a 35 kilometre drive from Toowoomba and easily accessible from the New England Highway. When travelling north from Toowoomba just look for the turn-off to your left at Highfields. Travelling from the north on the New England Highway, turn right into Meringandan Road just south of Cabarlah. When travelling to Lake Cooby to get away from it all why not get away from your pets for a day too. As it is a flora and fauna reserve domestic animals are not allowed at Lake Cooby. Swimming is also prohibited at Lake Cooby.
You don't have to be an angler or windsurfer to enjoy what Lake Cooby has to offer.
There's a four km walking track for more energetic landlubbers and excellent shelters, and wood-fired barbecue facilities for those who just want to spend a few lazy hours on a family picnic. A children's playground also caters for younger members of the family and toilet blocks have disabled access. Camping facilities are not available at Lake Cooby.
Lake Cooby is a significant waterbird habitat, and has a rich population of bush birds, especially along the walking track.
A $3.00 entry fee per vehicle (December 2012) applies at the boom gates at Loveday Cove. The vending machine accepts any denomination or combination of legal coins (except 5 cent pieces) but does not give any change. Entry to the Dam wall recreation area is currently closed (Dec 2012).
Fishermen must have a Freshwater Fishing Permit (Stocked Impoundment Permit). These are available from a number of local business outlets; by ringing the Qld Government Contact Centre on 13 13 04: or on line at the Qld Government Smart Service site. Electric outboards only are permitted.
If you want to know more about Lake Cooby please telephone Toowoomba City Council's Parks and Recreation Branch on 07 4688 6540 during office hours.