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.

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. 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.

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. 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.

  • Myponga Reservoir Reserve open for recreation

    23 days 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.