Lake Morris

Overnight road closure

Overnight road closures for vehicle access (9pm until 5am) will be in effect from August 2020. Please contact Council on 1300 69 22 47 if you require 24-hour road access. All-hours road access is possible for cyclists and pedestrians.

Lake Morris, completed in 1976, is the major water supply for Cairns. The 16 kilometre access road from Reservoir Road to Lake Morris (Copperlode Falls Dam) climbs steadily along the face of the Whitfield Range.  Magnificent scenic panoramas can be seen from the lookout points on the road, which passes through various landscapes including pristine rainforest.

BBQ facilities are available near the dam but water activities (swimming, boating etc) are not permitted.

Lake Morris Road

Lake Morris Road is a 16 kilometre road accessed from Reservoir Road at BrinsmeadLake Morris Road is a popular training circuit for cyclists and runners. All users are urged to take care when using this road and obey the road rules.

The road is not suitable for large vehicles such as coaches, caravans or trailers. It is a steep and narrow mountain road, and can be closed at short notice due to landslides, tree falls or road works.

Check Council's Works in Progress webpage for any current or planned closures, or contact the Copperlode Dam caretakers on (07) 4055 7414 for current road conditions.

Safety improvements are underway on Lake Morris Rd

This work includes minor road widening, visibility improvements and the introduction of give-way control at various locations along the road where it is narrow and difficult to pass oncoming traffic.

Motorists should obey all signage and adhere to the changed give-way conditions.

Works are expected to be complete end of June or early July 2015.

Recreational Activities

In December 2014, Council adopted the Lake Morris Recreational Management Plan ( PDF, 4.44 MB ). The Plan supports the provision of on-water activities such as kayaking and fishing as a discretionary service only. Public use of the Lake for on water activities, fishing and swimming is not permitted.

This Plan was prepared in response to public and commercial interest in expanding the recreational use opportunities at Lake Morris. It identifies new recreation opportunities which do not adversely impact the water supply and environmental/biodiversity values of the site along with a framework to manage recreation activities.

In February 2014 Council advertised for Expressions of Interest for recreation activities at Lake Morris. As a result, Copperlode Fish and Kayak (ph: 0408 187 291) have been granted a permit to offer

  • Catch and Release guided fishing tours using electric powered boat and kayaks; and
  • Kayak hire

Copperlode Fish and Kayak are also assisting Council in developing a fish stocking program for the Lake.

Council is assessing other endorsed submissions received as a result of the EOI, with proposed activities including:

  • Canyoning (downstream of dam wall)
  • On-water eco floating tents
  • Stand-up paddle board hire
Last updated: 22 July 2020