Sunday 20 October marked another milestone for recreational activity at South Australian reservoirs with expanded access at Warren and Bundaleer available to coincide with 2019 Gone Fishing Day.

Visitors to Warren and Bundaleer reservoirs can now enjoy a range of recreational activities without a permit, including bushwalking, cycling and kayaking. Fishing still requires a permit.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said the opening of reservoirs for recreational activity encourages South Australians of all ages to get outdoors.

“Fishing is one of the country’s favourite past times, and it has certainly proved to be a hot ticket item that South Australians are keen to enjoy as more of the state’s reservoirs are opened for expanded activities in the coming months and beyond,” said Minister Speirs.

“Opening South Australia’s reservoirs has already demonstrated it can deliver significant benefits to the local community as demonstrated at Myponga, with Gone Fishing Day at Warren and expanded activities at Bundaleer offering a taste of what’s to come.

“With a capacity of around 4.7 billion litres, Warren Reservoir is stocked with thousands of fish such as golden perch, silver perch and Murray cod.

“Warren Reservoir Reserve’s two shared use trails take in a range of scenery including bush land, plantation forests and water views, with the 5.5 kilometre and 8.8 kilometre loops graded as moderate hikes and intermediate mountain bike trails.

“Two launch points for kayaks and canoes allow easy exploration of the eastern and western sides of the reservoir, with a small number of car parks available a short walk from the water’s edge at both locations.

“The reservoir is an important source of irrigation water for Barossa Valley vineyards, with supply also flowing to the nearby Barossa Reservoir where it is safely treated for drinking water.”

South Para will be the next reservoir opened in the coming months and will have the same recreational access as Warren and Bundaleer. Fishing will be made available at Myponga Reservoir by the end of the year.

A cross-government taskforce is continuing to work towards opening other reservoirs around South Australia.