Water Sports and recreation
Prior to the construction of the dam, the river was stocked with Australian Bass, Barramundi, Golden Perch (Yellow Belly) and Silver Perch. There are breeding populations of Eel-tailed Catfish, Fork-tailed Catfish, Spangled Perch and Ceratodus (the endangered Queensland Lungfish). Paradise Dam is not currently a Stocked Impoundment therefore a permit is not required. There are no boating restrictions except an exclusion zone at the dam wall.
Claude Wharton Weir
Facilities include boat ramp, jetty, barbeque area and public toilets. Camping is not allowed; there are caravan parks in town. It is a scenic site for bird watching and fishing. Platypus and Ceratodus (Lungfish) may be spotted.