Black Weir

Closure Notice

The Ross River Dam to Douglas Water Treatment Plant pipeline activation will commence Tuesday 21 May and continue for 5 weeks. During this time the Ross River between Black Weir and Gollogly Lane, Rasmussen will be closed to all users.

Water Craft Use on Black Weir

  • All Water-skiing requires a permit. Zones A and B are bookable by the public.
  • No free style jet-skiing permitted. Jet Skis can only be used to tow water skiers.
  • Use of uncontrolled water-skiing devices including but not limited to, a toboggan, tube or sea-biscuit are prohibited.
  • Unpowered vessels and fishing craft can access all zones and do not need a permit.
  • Aquatic events may restrict access and use. See the list of events below for more details.

For more information view the Black Weir - Rules of use (PDF, 1.8 MB).

Public Notice
No tubing or freestyle jet-skiing within the Black Weir. Penalties apply.

Black Weir Boating Permits

Due to high demand, all water ski vessels require a permit to operate on Black Weir. General boating and fishing vessels do not require a permit. The system allows you to book up to seven days in advance.

Booking a Permit

Each permit is valid for one hour and users are able to book up to three hours (permits) in one day.

Any person not intending to use a booking must complete an online cancellation. Failure to cancel an unused booking online may result in a one month ban on the person/vessel involved.

For more information, please contact us.

Tubing in Black Weir

A person (an operator) must not operate a ship towing an uncontrolled water-skiing device, including but not limited to, a toboggan, tube or sea-biscuit. Applies to all zones within Black Weir.

For more detailed information about restricted areas and speed limits please visit the relevant pages on the Maritime Safety Queensland website.

Aquatic Events that Require Loam Island Boat Ramp Closure

Some events may not go ahead on the dates listed and may be cancelled or postponed to a later date. Please check this page regularly for updates.

EventDateTime Restricted Zone
Riverway Rowing Club All Schools RegattaSunday 21 July 20245am to 6pmZones A, B, C and D
Riverway Rowing Club NQ Schools Championship RegattaSaturday 3 August 20245am to 6pmZones A, B, C and D
Riverway Rowing Club NQ Schools Championship RegattaSunday 4 August 20245am to 6pmZones A, B, C and D
Riverway Rowing Club Head of the River Schools RegattaSunday 18 August 20245am to 6pmZones A, B, and & D
Riverway Rowing Club NQ Championship RegattaSaturday 12 October 20245am to 6pmZones A, B, C and D
Townsville Waterski Croc RunSaturday 2 November 20246am to 5pmZones A, B, C and D
Townsville Waterski Croc RunSunday 3 November 20246am to 5pmZones A, B, C and D

Aquatic Events That Allow Vessel Access to other Zones

Some events may not go ahead on the dates listed and may be cancelled or postponed to a later date. Please check this page regularly for updates.

EventDateTime Restricted Zone

All Abilities Watersports Event

Sunday 10 March 2024

6am to6pm

Zone A

All Abilities Watersports Event

Sunday 21 April 2024

6am to 6pm

Zone A

All Abilities Watersports Event

Sunday 19 May 2024

6am to 6pm

Zone A

Townsville Dragon Boat Regatta

Sunday 16 June 2024

6am to 2:30pm

Zone D

Kennedy Scout Group Activity

Monday 1 July 2024

8:30am to 5pm

Zone C

Kennedy Scout Group ActivityTuesday 2 July 20248:30am to 5pmZone C
Kennedy Scout Group ActivityWednesday 3 July 20248:30am to 5pmZone C
Kennedy Scout Group ActivityThursday 4 July 20248:30am to 5pmZone C

Townsville Waterski Event

Friday 6 September 2024

12noon to 4pm

Zone C and D

Townsville Waterski EventSaturday 7 September 20246am to 4pmZone C and D

Townsville Waterski Event

Sunday 8 September 2024

6am to 4pm

Zone C and D

All Abilities Watersports Event

Sunday 8 September 2024

6am to 6pm

Zone A

Townsville Dragon Boat Regatta

Sunday 6 October 2024

6am to 2:30pm

Zone D

All Abilities Watersports Event

Sunday 13 October 2024

6am to 6pm

Zone A

Townsville Waterski Croc Run

Thursday 31 October 2024

12noon to 4pm

Zones C and D

Townsville Waterski Croc RunFriday 1 November 20246am to 4pmZones C and D

All Abilities Watersports Event

Sunday 17 November 2024

6am to 6pm

Zone A

All Abilities Watersports Event

Sunday 8 December 2024

6am to 6pm

Zone A