Beetaloo Reservoir is at Crystal Brook, 19 km east of Port Pirie. It was built between 1886 and 1890 to supply the Yorke Peninsula.
The original plan was to build the new reservoir out of masonry. Eventually, after opening seven new quarries in an effort to find suitable stone, masonry was abandoned in favour of concrete.
In an effort to help unemployed labourers, the start of the project was rushed. Workers and supervisors were already on site before the final drawings had been finished!
Capacity: 3180 megalitres.
If this reservoir supplied the whole state, how long would this last? About five days.
Area of water spread: 33 hectares.
Public access: Yes. Access to the reservoir for shore-line recreational angling with a valid permit.
There is also a picnic area with shelters and barbeque facilities available during visiting hours.
Visiting hours: This reservoir is open from May 1st to November 1st every year. Anglers with permits can access designated areas between the following times: 9.00am-3.30pm on weekdays and 9.00am-5.00pm on weekends and public holidays
Reservoir volume: We currently don't monitor this reservoir's volume.