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Opening reservoirs for recreational use

The South Australian Government is committed opening up a number of reservoirs across South Australia that will provide for range of recreational activities. This includes reservoirs in the state’s mid-north, Eyre Peninsula, Mount Lofty Ranges, Kangaroo Island and Happy Valley.

Reservoirs offer the opportunity to become a destination for kayaking, canoeing, sailing and fishing. Connecting reservoir land with adjoining park land will enable the creation of new extended walking and cycling trails as well as camping opportunities.

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Mount Bold Reservoir. Image courtesy of SA Water

A cross-government taskforce will look at progressively opening reservoirs with the department working in collaboration with SA Water, Primary Industries of South Australia, the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and the South Australian Tourism Commission to explore opportunities and address issues such as;

  • recreation and fishing
  • infrastructure requirements
  • water quality and the ongoing security of our drinking water.

The opening of reservoirs will be undertaken with great care to prevent possible impacts on water quality and to ensure the security and health of South Australia’s drinking water supply.

Opening reservoirs will deliver recreational and tourism opportunities and unlock other local economic development possibilities. Over the coming months we will be providing information about the opening of reservoirs and talking to communities. 

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