Beetaloo Reservoir Reserve

Beetaloo Reservoir Reserve

The Beetaloo Reservoir Reserve will be temporarily closed to visitors on Thursday 22 October, while the Department for Environment and Water conduct a prescribed burn within the site. The objective of prescribed burning is to reduce fuel loads to mitigate the risk of bushfire.

The reserve will reopen at the usual opening time of 9am on Friday 23 October.

Go to for details on other reservoir reserves open to visit in the meantime.

Beetaloo Reservoir Reserve, nestled into the southern Flinders Ranges near Port Pirie, offers shore-based fishing and is currently stocked with golden perch, silver perch and Murray cod.

The reservoir 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.

Today, Beetaloo reservoir is an offline facility only, no longer supplying drinking water. It’s maintained only as an emergency water source in the unlikely event of a major failure of the Morgan-Whyalla pipeline.

We currently don't monitor this reservoir's volume.

Capacity: 3.18 gigalitres (that would fill more than 1,500 Olympic swimming pools)

Public access: Yes

Car park: Yes

Picnicking/BBQ: Yes

Cycling: No

Fishing: Yes

Wildlife/birdwatching: Yes

The Reservoir Reserves South Australia website has maps and ideas of how to enjoy Beetaloo Reservoir Reserve.

  • Major faults

  • Underway

  • Polkinghorns Rd
  • Arthurton
  • 18/06/2020
  • Water Supply On
  • 18/06/2020 03:05 PM - We are attending to an incident in Arthurton with no interruption to the water supply. The safety of our crews and customers comes first, and we always aim to minimise inconvenience by restoring services as quickly as we can. Reference Number WO: 07505663.
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  • Scheduled works

  • Underway
  • Spruance Rd
  • Elizabeth East
  • 11/06/2021
  • Temporary Supply Interruption
  • Estimated start time and water supply off: 15/06/2021 09:00 AM
    Estimated restore time and water supply back on: 15/06/2021 04:00 PM

    We’re improving your services and undertaking maintenance work in Elizabeth East. Sometimes our crews need to temporarily interrupt the water supply to our customers and/or manage traffic while they are working. Temporary traffic management may remain in place until reinstatement of the impacted road is complete. We always aim to minimise inconvenience by restoring services as safely and quickly as we can.

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