Myponga Reservoir open for on-water kayaking & fishing
For the first time, on-water access for kayaking and fishing is open and available for access at Myponga Reservoir, adding to the current land-based recreational activities available at the reserve like walking and cycling.
ENJOY, EXPLORE, PRESERVE MYPONGA RESERVOIR RESERVE
Nestled near the township of Myponga on the stunning Fleurieu Peninsula, about an hour’s drive South of Adelaide, is the Myponga Reservoir Reserve.
The trail is ideal for walking and running with room for families to enjoy a picnic. You can also head to the lookout to take in the scenic surrounds. Shore-based fishing is available within the publicly-accessible area of the reserve.
ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES
- Fishing – With a fishing permit, you can drop a line in the from the shoreline in the reserve’s public area or on the water from a canoe or kayak.
- Walking/running – The 3.3km (approx.) loop track on the south east side of the reservoir takes you through open plains, forested areas and native vegetation. The unsealed trail is suitable for walking and running. An additional 3km of new walking trails has recently been added to the reserve’s total network, unlocking access to an additional 140 hectares of the site.
- Cycling – The unsealed trail at Myponga is a shared-use path for both cyclists and walkers. Please be considerate of other trail users.
- Kayaking/canoeing – Choose your experience with a kayak or canoe, from a short meander to a full day’s kayaking adventure exploring the 250 hectares of water surrounded by stunning landscapes. During the warmer months when the reservoir’s level can be low, bring a trolley to get your kayak or canoe to the water’s edge more easily.
- Picnicking – There are several picnic tables along the trail and you’re can pack a picnic basket complete with a blanket or chairs so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the view.
- Lookout – The lookout above the Myponga dam wall on the western side of the reservoir is the prime stop for a stunning view of the reservoir, the dam wall and its spillway.
- Wildlife and birdwatching – Take some time and see if you can spot some of the special species that call Myponga home. More than 120 bird species live in the area including some that enjoy life by the water and others that can be found inland. You can also watch for native animals, lizards and listen for frogs.
Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said about the opening of Myponga Reservoir for on-water access;
“The reservoir is part of the Marshall Liberal Government’s ’Opening up our Reservoirs’ policy which aims to create new open, green space for people to explore, drive increased tourism and create jobs. To have improved access to Myponga reservoir just in time for Easter will be a timely boost for the Fleurieu Peninsula communities”.
More than 150,000 people have visited SA reservoirs since they’ve started opening for recreational access and to be able to offer on-water access at Myponga will attract a whole new range of visitors to the region.
Protecting the health and quality of our drinking water supplies remains the priority and this has been possible thanks to improved water treatment plants, detailed water quality risk assessments, as well as increased site security and water quality control measures.
For more information about recreational access at South Australia’s reservoir reserves, including conditions of entry:
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