We need your help to preserve these special places, so before your next visit, take a look at these important ‘dos and don’ts'.

Enjoying your reservoirs


Fishing from the shoreline, as well as from your canoe or kayak, is available with a permit, at Happy Valley, Myponga, South Para, Warren, Beetaloo and Bundaleer reservoir reserves.

You can wade into the water up to knee height for the purposes of casting and retrieval only.

Permits are available in three or ten day blocks, or for a twelve month period. Children of 16 years and under do not require a permit if they are on-site with a permit holder. If you already hold a permit, it will continue to be recognised until it expires. Funds raised from these permits go towards stocking the reservoirs with fish.

The use of burley, fish attractants or baits associated with netting and trapping is not permitted.

Fishing limits for reservoirs are available on the Primary Industries and Regions SA website.

Kayaking and canoeing

With dedicated launch areas now available at five reservoir reserves, there’s never been a better time to ‘pack the ‘yak’ and hit the water.

You can wade into the water up to knee height to launch or return.

To ensure you have a safe paddle, canoes and kayaks are the only type of watercraft permitted on our reservoirs, including inflatable kayaks which comply with ISO-6185 and carry the appropriate badge.

Other types of inflatable kayaks, or folding kayaks manufactured from corflute or coroplast, are not permitted as they could be damaged by submerged items or snags and result in the user becoming immersed in the water.

Motorised craft, row and sailing boats are also not permitted, along with electric or fuel-powered motors and sails fitted to canoes and kayaks.

Stand-up paddle boarding and swimming

To protect the safety and quality of your drinking water, canoes and kayaks are the only type of watercraft permitted on our reservoirs.

Stand-up paddle boarding is not permitted because there’s a high chance of people falling or jumping off their paddleboards, which is likely to involve prolonged contact with water above the knees. To put it simply: feet are okay, but bums are not!

This kind of contact increases the risk of harmful pathogens, which can be carried by humans, contaminating the water. It’s the same reason swimming is not permitted at any of our reservoirs.

We’re lucky to have access to an abundance of stunning beaches and public swimming pool facilities across South Australia, so we encourage you to make the most of them and help us protect your drinking water quality.

You can push out for a paddle at five of our reservoirs – including Bundaleer, Myponga, Happy Valley, South Para and Warren – and take in their natural beauty.

Dog walking

We all love our dogs, but if you’re planning a visit to one of South Australia’s reservoir reserves, please leave the puppers at home.

Dogs – with the exception of assistance dogs – are not permitted at any reservoir reserve.

They can carry harmful pathogens and bacteria, which can present a risk to water quality and your drinking water supplies.

In addition, reservoir reserves are home to a large number of native animals which often move throughout the sites, including between the public access and operational areas. Protecting these animals is an important part of ensuring ongoing refuge and habitat.

We encourage dog owners to instead make use of dedicated dog parks in their local area.