A paddle around the reservoir. The whole family can enjoy the pleasures of kayaking and canoeing in this pristine environment.
The canoe/kayak launch provides a convenient and safe entry point to the reservoir.
Keep to the left when you leave the pontoon as there is a reed bed immediately in front of the launch area which should be avoided.
You will see a pine forest on the north shore of the reservoir. This area is largely private property and access is not permitted.
At about the 2.5 km mark (from entry along the canoe trail) you will see open water to your left. Paddle slightly left about 400 metres around the headland and you will see the dam wall on your RHS.
Note: There is a boom and warning buoys in front of the dam.
It is not permitted to go beyond those markers to the dam wall.
When paddling, avoid shallow areas where you may disturb native birds.
Continue paddling in a south easterly direction towards South Road and explore some of the inlets in the area before returning to the launch site. The area on the southern side of the reservoir is all public reserve land and you can land to explore.
The return trip to the launch site is an easy 4 km paddle
Do not wash your boats anywhere on this site. Take your boats and all gear home to clean.
Fishing is permitted in the Myponga reservoir.
Fishing in SA Water Reservoirs
Fishing is permitted in some nominated SA Water reservoirs. Check the SA Water website for details: www.reservoirs.sa.gov.au
This includes fishing from both the shore and from a canoe or kayak.
Motorised boats of any sort are prohibited.
A permit is required to fish in these reservoirs.
A three-day permit (per angler) costs – $10/$8 concession
10 day permit (per angler) – $20/$16 concession
Annual permit (per angler) – $33/$26.50 concession
Go to the (www.reservoirs.sa.gov.au) to purchase a fishing permit. It is important to read all the fishing conditions, as there are some restrictions to fishing in these reservoirs.
All the reservoirs that have been designated for fishing purposes have been stocked with Murray cod (catch and release), golden perch, silver perch, rainbow trout, and brown trout.
Catch limits apply, see PIRSA website for details: www.pir.sa.gov.au
There are restrictions where shore-based fishing may occur, so fishing from a canoe or kayak opens up possibilities not available to shore-based anglers.
CAUTION Always check weather and wind conditions before setting out (link to Meteye)
NOTE that reservoirs are closed on Total Fire Ban Days
SWIMMING AND BODY IMMERSION IS NOT PERMITTED IN THE RESERVOIR.
This water is ultimately used for human consumption in Victor Harbor and the Southern Adelaide suburbs.
Please avoid going into the water beyond your knees.
Please avoid using anything that might lead to contamination of the water.
Only passive watercraft are permitted on reservoirs to minimize contamination of the water. This also excludes
- Sailing craft,
- Paddleboards (risk of immersion)
- Inflatable craft and water toys
- Any motorised craft including electric motors and powered model watercraft
Canoes and kayaks can only be launched from the designated areas.
Please ensure that you are wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) for your own safety.
Public toilets on Hansen Street
Other activities to be pursued around Myponga Reservoir:
Walking and cycling
With a range of tracks on offer, explore on foot or on two wheels through a changing landscape of native bushland and plantation forests. The 3.3km loop on the southeastern side of the reservoir takes you across open plains, through forested areas and native vegetation. The unsealed trail is suitable for walking, running, and cycling.
Local places to explore around Myponga
Head to Myponga via Carrickalinga and enjoy views of the coast from the hilltop lookouts – some of the best in South Australia.
From the coast, the drive across the Myponga Reservoir’s retaining wall and through the catchment is awe-inspiring especially when the spillway is open. There is a lookout with car parking and a picnic area with magnificent views.
Access to the Myponga Reservoir is in the centre of town. In the township, there’s a good weekend craft to investigate and a thriving produce market, general stores, and a flourishing boutique brewery.
Close by you’ll find Myponga Beach, a small seaside cove with holiday houses surrounded by coastal hills, offering spectacular coastal views. The beach offers excellent swimming and diving, as well as rock and surf fishing.
The journey back to the city across the crest of the range provides a sweeping panorama of the landscape back to the Adelaide metropolitan coastline.