Forge a new trail at Myponga Reservoir

Thursday 28 January 2021

MEDIA RELEASE

More than three kilometres of new trails are now ready to be explored at the Myponga Reservoir Reserve as the Marshall Liberal Government continues to improve recreational access at South Australia’s reservoirs.

Visitors can access an additional 140 hectares of the Myponga site for a range of land-based activities, taking the total network of trails to more than six kilometres for running, walking and bike riding.

Keen anglers will also benefit from the improved access, with the reservoir reserve’s permitted fishing zone expanding to all shoreline areas where public access is available.

Minister for the Environment and Water David Speirs said the upgrades will create an even better experience for people looking to enjoy and explore the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula site.

“We’ve listened to community feedback on how to further improve the experience at Myponga, and these new trails form part of a walking loop which caters to both those looking for a leisurely stroll and fitness lovers seeking a challenge,” Minister Speirs said.

“Fishing has also proved to be a hugely popular activity at our reservoir reserves open to the public across South Australia, and we’re providing more areas for fishers and families to drop a line and try their luck at hauling in a catch.

“Excitingly the best is yet to come at Myponga, with on-water access for fishing and kayaking set to be introduced in the coming months.

“We’ve already seen almost 70,000 people walk through the gates of Myponga since we opened this beautiful reservoir to the general public in 2019, delivering positive benefits to local business and the region’s tourism sector.

“We anticipate these benefits will only grow further as we roll-out these exciting changes throughout 2021.”

The Myponga Reservoir Reserve is currently open for a range of land-based activities such as walking, bike riding, picnicking, and shoreline fishing.

There is keen interest from members of the community to be involved in volunteering to help improve the conservation and recreational offerings at the Myponga Reservoir Reserve, and a community volunteer program for Myponga reservoir will be launching soon. More information on how to take part is available at reservoirs.sa.gov.au.

Constructed in 1962, the Myponga Reservoir holds a drinking water capacity in excess of 27 billion litres of drinking water. Water from the reservoir is treated at the nearby Myponga Water Treatment Plant before it is supplied to thousands of customers living on the Fleurieu Peninsula.