At a Glance

  • Open daily, sunrise to sunset. Closed on Total Fire Ban Days and for operational activity (gates will be closed).
  • Car park
  • Walking/running
  • Fishing - permit required
  • Cycling
  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Picnicking
  • Wildlife and birdwatching
  • No dogs
  • Accessible toilets

Activities and facilities

To prepare for your visit, please check the conditions of access.


Walking/running

There are three unsealed trail loops suitable for walking and running: The 4.5km Reservoir Loop takes you around the reservoir itself, including the dam wall.

The 7km Boundary Loop also crosses the dam wall but ventures further out around the outer reserve, and the 6km Woods Loop leads you along the northern shores and into the woodlands. The trail down to the picnic area from the carpark is hard packed gravel with a few slight rises that may require some assistance.


Navigate the reserve with the free Avenza app

Download the Bundaleer Reservoir Reserve map


Fishing

With a fishing permit, you can drop a line in the from the shoreline in the fishing zone, or from a kayak or canoe.

Bundaleer Reservoir is stocked with golden perch, silver perch, Murray cod, rainbow trout and brown trout. Fishing limits are detailed on PIRSA's website.


Cycling

The reservoir reserve’s three loop trails, totalling 17.5km, take you around the reservoir, the reserve boundary or the woodlands. You can also combine them and explore additional trails that cross through the woodlands. The trails are shared by walkers and cyclists, so please be considerate of other trail users.


Navigate the reserve with the free Avenza app

Download the Bundaleer Reservoir Reserve map


Kayaking/canoeing

Take to the water on your kayak or canoe and enjoy the surrounding bushscape from the water. To drop a line from your kayak or canoe, you will need a fishing permit.


Picnicking

There are several picnic areas along the Bundaleer loop trails to stop and take in the serenity.


Dogs are not welcome at reservoir reserves as they can carry harmful organisms that can easily contaminate the water and they pose a threat to local native birds and wildlife. Assistance animals are accepted.


Blue-green algae

Algae is a common occurrence in open water sources, including reservoirs and the River Murray, especially during warmer months of the year when conditions are favourable for growth.

SA Water samplers, operators and scientists actively monitor and test the source water and connecting water networks during these times and adjust treatment processes as needed. This ensures they continue to supply safe, clean drinking water to their customers.

Some blue-green algae species produce compounds which can be harmful to humans and animals. Contact with untreated water in a reservoir where algae are present can be harmful to your health.

When blue-green algae levels are increasing, and related water treatment or algal management activities are being conducted, the site will be closed to visitors until 1pm that day. There will be clear signage at the entrance and on this website page.

To find out more, read SA Health’s information about blue-green algae health impacts and how to avoid illness.

Free offline maps

Use the free Avenza app to navigate around the reservoir reserve, record your GPS tracks or enjoy other features. Download the map to your mobile device and you can access it even without mobile coverage.

Download the Bundaleer Avenza map here.

Click map below for a print-friendly version.

A map of Bundaleer Reservoir Reserve. Access is off Bundaleer Road, with parking and toilet facilities at the entrance. Fishing is permitted on the northern side of the reservoir.

What sets Bundaleer Reservoir apart

Capacity: 6.3 gigalitres (one gigalitre is one billion litres), which is enough to fill more than 3,100 Olympic swimming pools

Constructed: 1898-1903

Bundaleer Reservoir was built to supply Snowtown, Redhill, Brinkworth, Narridy, Blyth and Port Wakefield and was an important source of water in the region for local towns and agriculture until the Morgan-Whyalla pipeline was completed in 1944.

Supplementing supply from Beetaloo , Bundaleer also helped secure water supplied for the lead smelters in Port Pirie while maintaining water supply to the local towns.

Little known fact about Bundaleer Reservoir

During construction, a temporary town housed the workers. The town had three butchers, three bakers, three cool-drink sellers, a shoemaker, draper, doctor’s surgery, police station made from three marquees, a cricket club, a galvanized iron schoolroom, single men’s tents and married men’s camp, plus several boarding houses. A Salvation Army officer travelled by bicycle every Thursday from Jamestown to visit the temporary town.

Water quality

Bundaleer Reservoir is one of 16 across South Australia.

Treating drinking water before it’s supplied to homes, businesses, schools, hospitals and more, is important to make sure it is clean and safe to drink straight from the tap. You can learn how SA Water treats water and maintains the quality its customers value and rely upon.

Bundaleer is a contingency supply reservoir.