R&R at reservoir reserves

Bush walking near water

Expanding recreation space for South Australians by opening reservoir reserves across the state for complimentary, site-suitable recreational use and enjoyment is a state government priority.

A multi-agency taskforce, appointed by the Minister for Environment and Water, is overseeing the opening of the areas surrounding Happy Valley Reservoir – as part of the new Glenthorne National Park – the Barossa Reservoir plus Myponga, South Para, Warren and Hope Valley. Public access is also being considered for reservoir sites in the state’s mid-north, on Kangaroo Island and the Eyre Peninsula.

Myponga Reservoir Reserve opened in April 2019, and activities and access were expanded at Warren and Bundaleer Reservoir Reserves in October 2019.

Enjoying outdoor activities at reservoir reserves will be a great way to spend time with family and friends. As we plan for the community to access these areas, we want to hear from you and work with you. Your feedback will help us get the balance right between outdoor fun and the reliable supply of drinking water for South Australians. You're invited to join the conversation by taking the 2-minute survey below.

Expanding recreation space for South Australians by opening reservoir reserves across the state for complimentary, site-suitable recreational use and enjoyment is a state government priority.

A multi-agency taskforce, appointed by the Minister for Environment and Water, is overseeing the opening of the areas surrounding Happy Valley Reservoir – as part of the new Glenthorne National Park – the Barossa Reservoir plus Myponga, South Para, Warren and Hope Valley. Public access is also being considered for reservoir sites in the state’s mid-north, on Kangaroo Island and the Eyre Peninsula.

Myponga Reservoir Reserve opened in April 2019, and activities and access were expanded at Warren and Bundaleer Reservoir Reserves in October 2019.

Enjoying outdoor activities at reservoir reserves will be a great way to spend time with family and friends. As we plan for the community to access these areas, we want to hear from you and work with you. Your feedback will help us get the balance right between outdoor fun and the reliable supply of drinking water for South Australians. You're invited to join the conversation by taking the 2-minute survey below.

  • Thousands of fish released into Myponga Reservoir

    28 days ago

    More than 90,000 native fingerlings are now exploring the depths of Myponga Reservoir, released in early February as part of the efforts to improve the fishing experience at Myponga and boost recreational activities at reservoir reserves across South Australia.

    With hundreds of keen anglers dropping a line at the reservoir since access for shore-based fishing was recently granted, 32,000 Murray cod fingerlings and 30,000 each of silver perch and golden perch were last week released into Myponga to live and breed in its 27 billion litre water capacity.

    Fishing is available at a number of reservoir reserves, including Myponga, with...

    More than 90,000 native fingerlings are now exploring the depths of Myponga Reservoir, released in early February as part of the efforts to improve the fishing experience at Myponga and boost recreational activities at reservoir reserves across South Australia.

    With hundreds of keen anglers dropping a line at the reservoir since access for shore-based fishing was recently granted, 32,000 Murray cod fingerlings and 30,000 each of silver perch and golden perch were last week released into Myponga to live and breed in its 27 billion litre water capacity.

    Fishing is available at a number of reservoir reserves, including Myponga, with a permit available for purchase and required to be displayed in hard copy or on a device.

    Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said stocking baby fish from hatcheries is vital to creating a sustainable aquatic habitat.

    “Fishing has been one of the most popular activities South Australians have told us they want to enjoy as more reservoirs open for expanded access, and it is already proving to be a big hit with locals and tourists visiting Myponga,” Minister Speirs said.

    “As a government we have carefully considered the best approach to provide recreational experiences as more reservoirs open for public access, and stocking Myponga Reservoir with more fish will make sure families and keen anglers can keep reeling in a catch for years to come.’’

    This is the first major stocking milestone at Myponga, with plans underway to add yearling trout in mid-2020.

    With a capacity large enough to fill more than 55 Adelaide Ovals with waters, supply stored in the reservoir is treated at the Myponga Water Treatment Plant before being delivered as clean, safe drinking water to thousands of SA Water customers across the Fleurieu Peninsula.

    Since becoming the first reservoir to open for expanded access in 2019, more than 13,500 visitors have already enjoyed and explored the Myponga Reservoir Reserve, which features a 3.3 kilometre walking trail, cycling paths and picnicking spots.

    Progress continues to upgrade Myponga to allow on-water access by next year, which opens the door for even more fun activities and wider fishing access than what’s on offer currently.

  • Myponga Reservoir Reserve open for recreation

    11 months ago

    The opening of Myponga Reservoir Reserve was a special day for SA Water and the people of Myponga.

    A truly great day was had by all, with people walking, running, bike riding, flying kites and enjoying the natural beauty of the reserve on the day.

    The day started off with a smoking ceremony and welcome to country by Jack Buckskin, with his amazing voice and great sense of humour.

    The Minister for Environment and Water, David Speirs MP then addressed the crowd, noting the opportunity for more people to recreate and enjoy a range...

    The opening of Myponga Reservoir Reserve was a special day for SA Water and the people of Myponga.

    A truly great day was had by all, with people walking, running, bike riding, flying kites and enjoying the natural beauty of the reserve on the day.

    The day started off with a smoking ceremony and welcome to country by Jack Buckskin, with his amazing voice and great sense of humour.

    The Minister for Environment and Water, David Speirs MP then addressed the crowd, noting the opportunity for more people to recreate and enjoy a range of activities throughout South Australia as part of this initiative.

    The Minister also noted the incredible social and economic stimulus generated in the Myponga township and surrounding areas.

    Within the reservoir reserve grounds we had the local Myponga Progress Association run the BBQ with the Fleurieu Milk Company providing flavoured milk and hot coffee throughout the day. Local musicians were also on hand to keep visitors entertained.

    Early in the morning Trail Running SA led a fun run through the new trails. On their run they were accompanied by Olympic Games marathon runner Jess Trengove, local residents as well as SA Water’s ‘Ressie Runners’.

    Many of runners provided positive feedback on the trails, including their ease of accessibility for prams and wheelchairs.

    As well as those who took the opportunity to avail of the new tracks, we had both Nature Play SA and Trees for Life run additional activities to cater for everyone on the opening day. Activities such as junk play, crown making, bird watching, kite flying and nature walks proved to be very popular with both locals and visitors alike.

    All in all it was a very successful day, and gave a great introduction into the opportunities possible throughout the state when more reservoirs are opened to recreational access.

    We encourage all interested people to find out more at https://reservoirs.sa.gov.au/ and to enjoy access with friends and families.