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Important message Re Bells’ Bay Camping at Toonumbar Dam

Tuesday 26th September 2017

AS OF THE 21SEPT 2017 THERE ARE MAJOR CHANCES TO THE OPERATION OF BELL’S BAY CAMPING AT TOONUMBAR DAM.
Owned by WaterNSW the camping area will now be managed by Kyogle Fishing club.
Therefore the camping venue will ONLY be open for camping on site from 6am Fridays to 5pm Sunday. Outside these hours these will be a locked gate.(Meaning CLOSED MON_THURSDAY)
THE EXCEPTION TO THIS WILL BE—Public and school holidays when it will remain open. Further Information can be obtained by contacting 0459 383 498

Spacious sites are set amongst tall timber offering shade. Facilities include open Fires ( unless a fire ban in place), toilets ( no showers) picnic tables, a boat ramp and stunning view of the dam.
NO DOGS ALLOWED ANY MORE TO THE CAMP GROUND.
BYO Food, drinking water and firewood & toilet paper. No garbage bins, take your litter with you. Generators may be used between 8am-10pm.
Camping fees apply.

Access Road out to the Dam in now sealed and in good condition but the road down to Bell’s Bay (once you have arrived at the complex) is usually in good condition but is windy and narrow (and at times rough depending on weather) so please watch your speed limit and possible oncoming traffic. Fishing Licences are available from the Visitor Info Centre in Kyogle, which is open 7 days a week.
A very small secluded basic bush camping ground in magnificent forest, this popular spot is for people who enjoy outdoor camping life with basic amenities (compost toilets). It is 33 kilometres from Kyogle to the Dam. On the northern edge of town, the road to Nimbin turns east, and the road to the dam goes west (turn into Anzac Drive at BP Garage off Summerland Way). There is 33 kilometres of sealed road leading out to the dam but access to Bells Bay itself is unsealed.  Stay under the 30 kph speed limit and take it slow.
This is a BYO facility as there is nothing nearby, so stock up in Kyogle before heading out. The IGA supermarket is open 7 days a week in Kyogle. First in best dressed with regards to sites,. There is a self-registration box but a warden checks regularly to collect the small camping fee required to assist with maintaining the facilites here. Facilities include shelter sheds, compost toilets, rain water tanks, BBQs, a jetty and boat ramp. There is fire wood provided, but it is suggested that you bring your own water. Excellent fishing can be had on the dam from either the jetty and boat ramp which were provided by the local Kyogle fish stocking group which stocks the dam with Bass. You can bring your own boat but you must observe the regulations for the dam area.  A NSW Fishing licence is required for fishing at the Dam. These are available from the Kyogle Visitors Info Centre (Cnr Anzac Dr ((opp Bp Garage)) which is open 7 days per week 9-4), before making the trip out to Bells Bay. Toonumbar Dam is open to all forms of boating, however a speed limit of 8 knots applies throughout the Lake at Toonumbar. It is a great place for canoeing. There are some magnificent bush walks, 4WD drive along the Cambridge Plateau towards Mallanganee. The Dam area itself offers superb picnic facilities, golf course, bush walking, along with boating and fishing.
Boating
Boats can be launched near the dam wall or at Bells Bay. *Use extreme caution when launching here as there is a steep drop off below the boat launching area.
Toonumbar Dam is open to all forms of boating, however a speed limit of 8 knots applies throughout the Lake Toonumbar.

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