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:

  • Daylight Saving Time, 7.30am - 8pm
  • Standard Time, 7.30am - 5pm.

Closures

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.

Visiting

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 or wading above the knee in the reservoirs
  • pets (assistance dogs excepted)
  • polluting, camping or free-range toileting.
  • row boats or dinghies
  • stand up paddle boarding or windsurfing
  • motorised watercraft (including battery powered)
  • horse riding

Dogs are not welcome at reservoir reserves in South Australia as they can carry bacteria and viruses 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.

Horse riding is not permitted in reservoir reserves to prevent manure introducing bacteria, viruses or weeds to the catchment, and to prevent erosion.

Swimming, including wading above the knee is not permitted at any of our reservoirs because it involves prolonged and deliberate contact with the water above the knee, increasing the risk of harmful pathogens carried by humans contaminating the water. For the same reason, other activities that involve wading above the knee, or present a high chance of falling or jumping in the water are not permitted.

Row boats, sailing boats and dinghies are not permitted on our reservoirs. There are no safe launch facilities and these larger vessels can damage the sensitive aquatic shoreline environment, disturbing sediments, nutrients, and organics which increase algal growth and can cause water quality issues.

Motorised craft of any nature (petrol or electric, whether on a kayak or boat) are not permitted on our reservoirs to ensure the safety of all users and the quality of the drinking water.

Camping is not permitted at any of our reservoir reserves, which have set opening and closing times, and no facilities or infrastructure to safely manage overnight accommodation.

More information

Read the full conditions of access and please email reservoirs@sawater.com.au if you have questions or require further information.