Melton Reservoir, located to the west of Melbourne near the township of Melton, is a popular area for passive recreation. The reservoir provides water for farmers throughout the Werribee Irrigation District. This means that levels can change throughout the year.
Please note: The Melton Recreational Reserve area will be closed to the public until further notice while we undertake some repairs.
The reservoir has a large number of snags and for safety reasons, no boating is allowed other than under the control of the Melbourne Runabout and Speedboat Club.
Current BGA Bloom
A Blue Green Algae (BGA) bloom warning is current for:
Melton Reservoir and Werribee Weir
Warning signs advising people not to swim, fish or come in contact with the water have been erected at the reservoir, and boating is also not recommended.
Farmers are encouraged to provide an alternative source of water to stud animals and to monitor farm dams for signs of BGA contamination.
Blue Green Algae can be dangerous to humans and animals. It can cause skin rashes or itchiness; sore eyes, ears and nose; or if swallowed, gastroenteritis, nausea or vomiting. People who come into direct contact with contaminated water should wash immediately in fresh water.
If you are experiencing a health issue you think is related to contact with water contaminated by BGA, please seek medical advice promptly. SRW will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates accordingly.
People who come into contact with the contaminated water should wash immediately in fresh water. Do not eat any shellfish collected from the area.
Pet owners are also encouraged to provide non-contaminated water to their pets.
As always, Southern Rural Water requests that people do not swim in channels, especially during a BGA bloom.
Members of the public are asked to report any potential outbreaks of BGA to Southern Rural Water on 1300 139 510.
While visiting our recreation facilities you are not permitted to:
- have fires or fire pits
- leave rubbish - all our site are carry in carry out zones
- reserve any picnic areas
- drive or ride motorbikes along the shoreline our in fenced areas
- enter prohibited areas
- vandalise the facilities
- hunt, carry or discharge a firearm
- ride or walk horses anywhere, including in the water
- camp overnight (unless sign posted as designated RV area).
Melton Reservoir (also known as Exford Weir) is located on the Werribee River approximately 6kms south of Melton – VicRoads Reference Map 97 G4.
Melton Reservoir (also known as Exford Weir) is located on the Werribee River approximately 6kms south of Melton – VicRoad Reference Map 97 G4.