Boating Access via The Vessel Permit Scheme (VPS) – Zone 3 only
View a Map of the Lake Samsonvale Zones here
Lake Samsonvale, just 10km from Petrie, north of Brisbane, has been stocked with more than two million freshwater fish since the early 90’s and has grown in reputation to become one of Australia’s best impoundment fisheries. Trophy Bass in excess of 50cm are a common catch but other species such as Golden Perch, Saratoga & Mary River Cod make this an attractive destination.
For details on the Lake Samsonvale Boating Access – Vessel Permit Scheme please refer to
Highly recommended for new applicants – Overview Presentation – Lake Samsonvale Vessel Permit Scheme – Download Here
There are two types of Vessel Permit Scheme (VPS) permits
(a) a Single Vessel Permit for $120.00 (aged 18 and over) for a Tinnie or a Kayak or a Canoe
(b) a Family Multi Vessel Permit for $160.00 for Kayaks and Canoes only
All occupants of a Canoe or Kayak must wear a suitable PFD, at all times whilst on the water.
Children under 12 are not allowed by themselves in a kayak.
If as a family you only intend to use a tinny or a 2 person canoe or a 2 person kayak, you only need to apply for an single vessel permit.
While we encourage you to read the information sheet thoroughly before making an application to gain a permit for the Boating Access scheme, below you will find some answers to the questions we get asked most often.
This is the maximum number permitted under PRFMA’s licence agreement with Seqwater.
Permits will be issued (up to the maximum of 400) on a, first received, basis from the date applications are called. Unsuccessful applicants (i.e. applicants received after the quota is reached) will be placed on a waiting list in the order of receipt of their application
Unsuccessful applicants will get their application fees returned in full .
No, PRFMA members are subject to exactly the same application procedures and conditions as anyone else who might make an application.
No you can’t lend or hire/sell your permit or access key to another person. To obtain a permit, an applicant is required to read the Vessel Permit Scheme “Rules of Permit” and they must undertake to comply with the permit conditions. Prohibition on lending a permit or access key is just one of those conditions.
Yes, the permit applies to the person so (only) you can use a different craft on different days, providing the permit stickers are clearly displayed on the craft at all times when on site. They can either be transferred between different craft or a permit holder may apply to purchase an additional sticker for $10.00.
No, electrically and manually only powered boats are allowed. Craft with internal combustion engines (either inboard or outboard) are not permitted on site, even if the engine is not used i.e. it must be removed from the boat.
A maximum of 50 as per the licence agreement with Seqwater, boats will be allowed to enter on a first come, first served basis.
No. The permits will not have a photo on them, but the permit holder must carry a suitable form of photo ID such as a current driver’s licence
YES, the scheme will be suspended once the level drops below 43%. These levels were determined by limitations on the access ramps and for safety reasons. These are conditions set out in the licence agreement with Seqwater.
The Vessel Permit Scheme is a major source of income for purchasing fish to stock Lake Samsonvale so, when it is able to operate the Vessel Permit Scheme the PRFMA seeks to promote the scheme as much as possible. In the past, promotion of the scheme has been undertaken through, Facebook , articles published in relevant publications, through notification on it’s own internet site, through distribution of promotional material to fishing tackle stores and posting information on various angling related website forums.
Yes, from 01/04/09 Lake Samsonvale has been included in the SIP Scheme.