Moogerah is derived from the Aboriginal word Moojirah, meaning “home of the thunderstorm. The dam is located above the Fassifern Valley, approximately 60 kilometres southwest of Ipswich. Aratula is the nearest town, approximately 11 kilometres from the dam and the nearest major centre is Boonah. The primary inflow of the reservoir is the Reynolds Creek, a tributary of the Bremer River.
Amenities adjacent to the dam and reservoir include a caravan park. Camp Moogerah is on the eastern shore of the lake, offering cabin accommodation and outdoor activity camps for schools, churches, youth groups, sports clubs etc. On the western shore are School Camps Queensland and Camp Laurence which offer group accommodation camps with educational and adventure activities for school students, family and church groups.