SA’s scenic reservoirs record 200,000 visitors since 2019

Six reservoirs in both regional and metropolitan Adelaide are now open to the public, offering a host of land and water-based activities.

South Australia’s reservoirs are just another reason to visit our beautiful state, with more than 200,000 visitors flocking to the picturesque sites since they were first opened for recreational access in 2019, with a host of activities on offer including walking, cycling, fishing and kayaking. 

The first reservoir to open in April 2019 was Myponga, with an additional five in regional and metropolitan Adelaide now offering a range of land and water-based recreational activities for all the family. 

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs celebrated the milestone at Hope Valley Reservoir commented on the hugely popular opening of the reservoirs. 

“Opening up the state’s reservoirs has been an outstanding success for local economies, with a surge in visitor numbers leading to new businesses opening and creating local jobs” he says. 

“The diversity of activities on offer at each site provides an opportunity for everyone, from pushing a kayak out on the water for a paddle, to dropping a fishing line, hitting the trails for a run or ride, or enjoying a family picnic.”

“Our reservoirs are places of spectacular beauty and this milestone proves how eager South Australians are to explore these natural open spaces. The wonderful thing about the reservoirs is that they’re always evolving, as we identify more opportunities to enhance the experience for visitors”. 

At the Hope Valley Reservoir Reserve those looking to get a bit of exercise in the fresh air can enjoy a range of new fitness equipment that has come as part of $170,000 investment being made at the site, which will include the addition of a balance bike track, nature playground, wooden tepees and log climbing scrambles for the perfect family day out. 

Bundaleer, Myponga, South Para and Warren reservoir reserves are open for fishing, kayaking, walking and cycling. 

Beetaloo Reservoir Reserve is open for fishing and picnicking. 

Hope Valley Reservoir is open for land-based activities including walking, running, cycling and picnicking. 

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