Lillie Dix and Emma Donohoe-Dix know how to camp in style.
Lillie Dix and Emma Donohoe-Dix know how to camp in style. Georja Ryan

Campers flock in for Leslie Dam fun

CAMPERS have been hard-pressed to find a spot to pitch the tent these holidays, with hundreds of holiday-goers already skirting Leslie Dam's edge.

In the week before Easter, Washpool Camping Reserve manager Peter Guy said camping numbers were usually high, but this year looked even better.

"It's hard to say how many we've got, but definitely a few hundred," Mr Guy said.

"There was certainly a good number of phone calls in the lead up to these holidays this year, if not better than last year."

Mr Guy said it was the usual perks of the dam that attracted campers, including new additions to the ecosystem.

"We had 65,000 yellow-belly fingerlings released into the dam (yesterday) so hopefully we can start pulling some of the older ones out," he said.

With a near full dam the camping ground has slightly decreased in size, but Mr Guy said there was still plenty of room for everyone.

"We have lost a little bit of ground, but it's still a very large camping area," he said.

"We have got the rock lands around the back for more of what we call true bush-style camping, and it's a little more secluded there."

He said the larger body of water meant fishermen were happier, wake-boarders and skiers were more spread out and the consensus was a positive one.

Jessie Craig from Forest Lake is visiting with her partner, Russell Dix and his two girls Lillie and Emma.

Ms Craig said she was excited to spend the holidays at Leslie Dam.

"It's been great; the girls have been swimming and we've been playing Uno and other games," Ms Craig said.

"Tonight we're cooking roast pork so we'll see how we go."

Four-year-old Lillie said her favourite thing about camping was the marshmallows over the campfire.


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