Using reservoir reserves

SA Water owns, operates and manages reservoir reserves on behalf of all South Australians, to ensure the reliable supply of safe, clean drinking water to more than 1.7 million people. Please enjoy, explore and preserve our reservoir reserves so everyone has a great experience here.

Opening hours

Unless otherwise indicated, opening hours are:

  • 1 October to 31 March, 7.30am - 8pm
  • 1 April to 30 September, 7.30am - 5pm.


On occasion, reservoirs and/or their reserves may be closed due to poor weather, fire danger or operational requirements. For safety reasons, fishing and on-water activities are not allowed when blue-green algal blooms are present. Check each reservoir's page on this site for the latest access information.

Reservoir reserves are closed on Total Fire Ban Days. Ahead of visiting a reservoir reserve, please check the CFS website for fire danger ratings.

You may be asked by SA Water to leave a site to enable operational activity or if you are not using the site responsibly.


Reservoir reserves are smoke-free zones and we ask you to please respect the natural environment and be considerate of other visitors and our neighbours by:

  • staying on the paths and within the access areas
  • only leaving your footprints behind – please take your rubbish with you
  • using designated toilet facilities as needed – no 'bush toilets'
  • holding a current fishing permit if throwing in a line at reservoirs where fishing is available
  • using the launch areas for canoes/kayaks – inflatables and motorised watercraft are not permitted

To help preserve our reservoir reserves and ensure the safety of other visitors and everyone’s drinking water, please no:

  • swimming in the reservoirs
  • pets (assistance dogs excepted)
  • polluting, camping or free-range toileting.

Dogs are not welcome at reservoir reserves in South Australia as they can carry harmful organisms that can easily contaminate the water and present a risk to the safety of the drinking water. Dogs also pose a threat to the local native animals.

More information

Read the full conditions of access and please email if you have questions or require further information.