Lake Morris (Copperlode Dam) is the principal water supply for Cairns. The lake sits to the west of the city with a catchment predominantly comprised of national park and Wet Tropics World Heritage Area forest. The lake is an outstanding natural and scenic asset in the Cairns region. Permitted recreation includes use of the picnic area, a walking track to Crystal Cascades in the Redlynch Valley, riding and running on the access road and some limited tour group use of the road across the dam wall into the Davies Creek/Clohesy River sections of Dinden National Park.
In 1991 this recreation management plan for Lake Morris was developed to provide a long - term strategy for provision of recreation opportunities. This was reviewed and updated in 2001 and again in 2015 with the end result being this Recreation Management Plan.