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FOR the first time in decade, the lake at Bucca Re­treat is open to the pub­lic and peo­ple can’t get enough.

While home to one of the re­gion’s only wa­ter­slides, there is now a range of ac­tiv­i­ties the whole fam­ily to en­joy in be­tween.

Man­ager Jamin Flem­ing said the lake has been used by pri­vate booking be­fore but since hir­ing a life­guard, they’d opened it to the pub­lic to en­joy.

“We wanted to give peo­ple more to do when they come out to use the slide,” he said.

“Peo­ple can now spend more time out here.

“We’ve got ca­noes, fish­ing, swim­ming, jump­ing cas­tles and of course the wa­ter­slide.”

Mr Flem­ing said they have eight ca­noes on the wa­ter and life­jack­ets for hire – but if peo­ple have a ca­noe of their own, they can bring it with them.

In this heat, he said there had been a tonne of peo­ple travel down to the re­treat, some have even ven­tured down from Glad­stone.

He said the lake was fully stocked with great hard-fight­ing Aus­tralian bass, but th­ese must be re­leased for other fish­ers to en­joy.

The re­treat sold out of wa­ter­slide time slots on Jan­uary 9 and 10.

“It’s very hot, so spots are sell­ing out quickly on the wa­ter­slide,” he said.

“But peo­ple are lov­ing the ca­noes.”

Based on the suc­cess of open­ing the lake to the pub­lic, Mr Flem­ing said it would be open on school and pub­lic hol­i­days in the fu­ture.

To book your spot, visit Bucca Re­treat’s Face­book page or phone 0429 778 875.

The re­treat can be found at 144 Kliedons Rd, Bucca.

Costs at the lake: Cash only, life jacket hire $2/hr, ca­noe­ing $10/hr, wa­ter­slide: $10/hr, fish­ing $5/day.

We wanted to give peo­ple more to do when they come out to use the slide. — Jamin Flem­ing.


COOL­ING OFF: Kre­ston Ra­m­age, Stu­art Webb, Mor­gan Faul, Romy Field and Isaia Richards cool off at the Ex­treme Youth Camp at Bucca Re­treat.

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