At a Glance

  • Open daily, sunrise to sunset. Closed on Total Fire Ban Days and for operational activity (gates will be closed).
  • Car parking available
  • Walking/running
  • Fishing, permit required
  • Cycling
  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Picnicking
  • Wildlife and birdwatching
  • Fees apply only for fishing permits
  • No dogs

Activities and facilities

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


The 4.6km unsealed trail loops around the entire reservoir, including the dam wall. It is suitable for walking and running.


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.


You can cycle the 4.6km loop trail around the reservoir. The trail is a shared-use path so please be considerate of others.


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.


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 occur naturally in reservoirs and occasionally algal blooms can occur. This is more likely in the warmer months of the year, and they are not always visible.

Regular testing is undertaken as part of SA Water’s routine water quality monitoring. During a blue-green algal bloom, water treatment is adjusted to ensure the continued supply of safe, clean drinking water for customers.

Some blue-green algae produce toxins which can be harmful to humans and animals. Contact with the untreated water in the reservoir when high levels of blue-green algae are present can be harmful to your health.

When blue-green algae levels are extreme, reservoirs are closed to all activities that involve contact with the water, including fishing and kayaking/canoeing.

Signage on site will be updated and specific access and closure details are available on each reservoir page on this site.

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

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 people’s homes, businesses, schools and more, is important to make sure it is clean and safe to drink straight from the tap. Learn how SA Water delivers the quality its customers value and rely upon.

Bundaleer is a contingency supply reservoir.