Enjoy, explore, preserve Myponga Reservoir Reserve

Access to Myponga Reservoir Reserve via the Eatts Street entrance will be temporarily closed from Monday 15 to Wednesday 24 April, to safely enable crews to upgrade the service road into the reserve.

Due to this closure and the reservoir’s current lower water level, on-water access to the reservoir will also be closed for the duration of this work.  

Visitors will still be able to access the reserve for land-based activities by using the Hanson Street entrance and car park, with small exclusion zones clearly marked near where SA Water’s crews will be undertaking work.

This work is part of SA Water’s ongoing amenities upgrade, and will see a new bitumen seal applied to the service road to improve dust suppression for neighbouring residents.

Importantly, the timing of this work has been carefully planned to reduce the overall length of the closure, while ensuring the Eatts Street entrance and on-water access is reinstated in time for a busy weekend at the end of April.   

The wider upgrade is part of SA Water’s work to enhance the recreational experience across our reservoir reserves, and includes the installation of a new kayak drop-off loop via the Eatts Street entrance, to make it easier for visitors to get as close to the water’s edge as possible, and new BBQ and shelter facilities in this area of the reserve.

The Eatts Street entrance will reopen at the usual time of 7.30am on Thursday 25 April.

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 here 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. Head out on the water for a paddle in your canoe or kayak and explore the 250 hectares of water. Shore-based fishing is available within the publicly-accessible area of the reserve, or you can drop a line in from your canoe or kayak.

Kayaking at Myponga Reservoir

At a glance

  • Open 7.30am - 5pm (standard time), 7.30am - 8pm (daylight saving time). Closed on Total Fire Ban Days and for operational activity (gates will be closed).
  • Accessible car park
  • Fishing - permit required
  • Walking/running
  • Cycling
  • Picnicking
  • Lookout
  • Wildlife and birdwatching
  • Accessible kayaking/canoeing
  • No dogs

Activities and facilities

To prepare for your visit, please check the conditions of access.


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.


Explore Myponga’s 10.5km of unsealed trails, suitable for walking, running and hiking.

The 3.3km south-eastern loop track takes you through open plains, forested areas and native vegetation. The easy, unsealed trail is suitable for families with children, and for walking and running.

The 3km western loop is a Grade 3 trail, suitable for people with moderate fitness levels, and bushwalking experience is recommended as it has short steep sections and uneven surfaces.

Navigate the reserve with the free Avenza app

Download the Myponga Reservoir Reserve map

Cycling/mountain biking

Myponga offers mountain bike experiences for people of all ages with varying skill levels. Beginners should head to the south-eastern side of the reservoir reserve, while the western trails offer downhill thrills and challenging hills for more experienced riders.

The unsealed trail network at Myponga is shared by both cyclists and walkers. Please be considerate of other trail users.

Navigate the reserve with the free Avenza app

Download the Myponga Reservoir Reserve map


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. There is an all-accessibility kayak facility located at Pink Gum Hub. The facility is approximately 180m from the carpark. Please note, there is no storage for wheelchairs on or near the launch facility.

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.


There are several picnic tables along the trail and of course you’re welcome to pack a picnic basket complete with a blanket or chairs so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the view.


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. When the reservoir levels are low enough, you can follow the Heron Loop out to a deck lookout at the water’s edge.

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. Myponga Reservoir is home to an abundance of kangaroos. You can also watch for native animals, lizards and listen for frogs. Please keep your distance from wildlife: do not feed, disturb, or remove native flora and fauna.

Dogs are not welcome at reservoir reserves as they can carry harmful organisms that can easily contaminate the water and present a risk to the safety of the drinking water. Dogs also pose a threat to local native birds and wildlife. Assistance animals are accepted.

Free offline maps

Use the free Avenza app to navigate around the reservoir reserve, record your GPS tracks or enjoy other features. Download the map to your mobile device and you can access it even without mobile coverage.

Download the Myponga Avenza map here.

Click map below for a print-friendly version.

Maps on your mobile

If you have a smart­phone or tablet you can down­load the free Aven­za Map app and have inter­ac­tive reservoir reserve maps on hand when you need them.

The app uses your device’s built-in GPS to plot your real-time loca­tion with­in the reserve onto a map. The app can be used with­out a net­work con­nec­tion and with­out roam­ing charges. You can also mea­sure area and dis­tance, plot pho­tos and drop place­mark pins.

How to get it work­ing on your device:

1. Down­load the Aven­za Maps app from the app store (iOS/Android) whilst you are still in range (its free!).
2. Open up the app and click the shop­ping cart icon.
3. Click ​‘Find’ and type the name of the reservoir reserve you are look­ing for.
4. Click on the map you are after and install it (all our maps are free).
5. You will now find a list of your installed maps on the home page of the Aven­za Maps app.
6. Use our maps through the Aven­za Mapa app while in the reserve and nev­er take a wrong turn again.

What sets Myponga Reservoir apart

Capacity: 27.6 gigalitres (there are one billion litres in a gigalitre), that’s enough to fill more than 55 Adelaide Ovals with water

Built: 1958-1962

Myponga Reservoir was built at a time of rapid economic expansion in South Australia. This reservoir, along with the raising of the Mount Bold Dam wall (also completed in 1962) increased the state’s storage capacity by 10 million gallons (45.46 million litres) supporting population growth and the expansion of industry in Adelaide’s south.

The idea of constructing a dam at Myponga River was investigated as early as 1930, but plans were delayed in favour of building Mount Bold Dam first.

In planning the project, a model was constructed in the hydraulics lab at the Adelaide University to determine the best design of the spillway to manage flood conditions.

The construction camp included:

  • three permanent buildings
  • six weatherboard buildings to house 12 single working men
  • a recreation room
  • a mess room
  • a bathroom and laundry building
  • an administration building
  • three garages.

Apart from the three permanent buildings, the others were dismantled and removed once the reservoir was built.

You can check current reservoir levels at SA Water's website.

Myponga Reservoir mystery

Two roads lie under the reservoir: the original Myponga Yankalilla main road and the Lovely Valley road. New roads were constructed to replace these, one taking you across the reservoir to the south of Myponga, and the other taking you across the dam wall on the western side of the reservoir. Also under the water is the site of the Lovely Valley School which was open from 1865 until 1869.

Water quality

Myponga Reservoir is one of 16 across the state that help supply water to more than 1.7 million South Australians.

Water from the reservoir is treated at the Myponga Water Treatment Plant before it is supplied to customers living on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Treating drinking water before it’s supplied to homes, businesses, schools, hospitals and more, is important to make sure it is clean and safe to drink straight from the tap. You can learn how SA Water treats water and maintains the quality its customers value and rely upon.

At a glance

  • Open 7.30am - 5pm (standard time), 7.30am - 8pm (daylight saving time). Closed on Total Fire Ban Days and for operational activity (gates will be closed).
  • Accessible car park
  • Fishing - permit required
  • Walking/running
  • Cycling
  • Picnicking
  • Lookout
  • Wildlife and birdwatching
  • Accessible kayaking/canoeing
  • No dogs