The Ophthalmia Dam is a popular swimming and recreation spot where you can enjoy a refreshing dip.
The Dam is a spectacular oasis, formed when a branch of the Fortescue River was dammed in 1981.
The Fortescue, the third longest river in Western Australia, rises near Deadman Hill in the Opthalmia Range about 30 kilometres south of Newman. The river is ephemeral, flowing only for a short time after rain, and Opthalmia Dam is designed to capture this seasonal rain to replenish underground water reserves.
Recreational facilities, such as shelters, barbecues, and tables and benches are provided, but no power boats are allowed.