Harding Dam

Harding Dam is the preferred drinking water source for the West Pilbara Water Supply Scheme, which services the towns of Dampier, Karratha, Roebourne, Wickham and Point Samson.


Please note: picnic and recreational areas at Western Australian dams managed by Water Corporation will be closed from Monday, 30 March 2020, in line with advice to cease non-essential travel. For more information visit our latest updates page.


Dam information

  • Capacity – 64 billion litres
  • Catchment area – 1,071 square kilometres
  • Height of wall (above foundations) – 42 metres

Located 23 km south-east of Roebourne, Harding Dam was built in 1984 and is an important water source for the West Pilbara Water Supply Scheme.

What to do

Enjoy the Harding Dam recreational area, which includes barbecues, toilets, gazebos and a lawn area.

View from the recreational area at Harding Dam

Harding Dam is a crucial drinking water source for the West Pilbara Water Supply Scheme, which provides water to Karratha, Dampier, Roebourne, Wickham and Point Samson.

To protect water quality, it is important that visitors to the dam avoid the 2 km reservoir protection zone around the high water mark of Harding Dam, where access is not permitted. 

Only bushwalking is allowed within the 1100 square kilometre source protection area around the Harding Dam catchment.

Check map showing source protection area

Fishing, hunting, driving, littering, polluting, camping and boating is not permitted. Please always follow the direction of the signs around the catchment.

Visitor information

Open every day of the week from 8am to 5pm. Recreational areas are open between 9am and 5.30pm.

For more information contact (08) 9186 8266. 


  • Picnic areas with free barbecues and picnic tables
  • Lawn area
  • Toilets (including disabled)
  • On-site parking


  • From Karratha, take the North West Coastal Highway towards Roebourne
  • At Roebourne, turn right onto the Harding Dam access road and follow the signs for approximately 29km

The public access road to Harding Dam is via Roebourne. Please do not use the maintenance track as it is not regularly maintained and is for authorised access only.

Can I fly my drone at the dam?

Important information about drone usage
Unless authorised, the use of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles is strictly prohibited.